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Thailand Plastic Manufacturer Selects Ohio for Recycling Project

PTTGC America (GCA), the U.S subsidiary of Thailand’s largest integrated petrochemical and refining business, PTT Global Chemical Public Co. Ltd. (GC), unveiled its plans to locate a new recycled plastic manufacturing plant in Central Ohio. 

According to GCA, they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to construct and operate the recycling complex at SWACO’s Green Economy Business Park in Grove City, near downtown Columbus. 

“Aligned with the Paris Agreement, GC Group aims to reduce current CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2030 on our journey towards achieving Net Zero by 2050,” said GCA CEO Panod Awaiwanond. “This project illustrates our commitment to fight climate change and contribute to a circular economy. It also reaffirms our commitment to the U.S. and the State of Ohio. GCA is proud to partner with SWACO, Central Ohio’s resource for recycling and all waste diversion.”

GCA’s press release said the planned facility would be an enclosed operation that manufactures recycled polyethylene and PET into various products. The final investment decision has not been made yet but will be done by the end of 2022. 

“We are pleased that PTTGCA has selected Ohio for their project,” stated Joe Lombardi, SWACO’s Executive Director. “As SWACO continues to advance a more circular economy, we are constantly looking for ways in which materials from the local waste stream can be used to create economic development opportunities, supply sustainable businesses with materials and create new products for consumers.”

In addition to the agreement with SWACO, GCA has also signed a separate non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rumpke Waste & Recycling, who agreed to supply plastic bales to the recycling plant.

“As the leader in Ohio when it comes to recycling, we are always looking for new end users for our commodities,” said Jeff Snyder, Rumpke Director of Recycling. “We are excited to have GC coming to the Midwest as this aligns nicely with our announcement of our new Resource Recycling plant in Columbus, Ohio, and the continued growth of recycling.”

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