The post-consumer plastics recycling market has changed dramatically over the past decade. Volatility in pricing and availability has driven a number of small independent PCR plastic recycling / reprocessing companies out of business. As a result, the market continued to be fragmented with less availability and inconsistent quality for buyers of HDPE PCR resin.
Tangent recognized this trend and with our continued growth producing premium recycled plastic lumber products realized early on the strategic importance of producing our own PCR resin in-house. In 2010 we completed a multimillion dollar expansion dedicated to converting post consumer plastic milk bottles into the highest quality 100% PCR HDPE recycled resin we have trademarked as PCR Pure.
This strategic investment allows Tangent total control over managing the availability, costs and most importantly the quality of our recycled resin we start with. Bringing this reprocessing step in-house, gives Tangent a unique strategic advantage in the marketplace to produce premium brands of recycled plastic lumber which other manufacturers struggle to match. Sortation, grinding, washing, drying, repelletizing and bulk blending in 300,000 pound lots give us plenty of opportunities to enhance quality which directly impacts the fit, finish & performance of our recycled plastic lumber brands.
PCR Pure 100% POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED HDPE RESIN is produced to the most exacting standards by Tangent. It begins with 15,000 tons per year of post consumer baled HDPE milk bottles being purchased from communities all across the U.S. and delivering to Aurora, IL.
The processing steps present options to improve quality along the way as outlined below:
PCR Pure is certified to contain 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Content by GreenCircle Certified, LLC, an independent third-party firm which conducts an annual audit at Tangent’s facility and headquarters. Therefore, any buyer of PolyTuf, PolyForce, TanDeck or PCR Pure can rest assured of the “recycled content” claim being consistent and adhering to the 2012 FTC Green Guides.