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PTTGCA, Rumpke sign recycling feedstock agreement

PTT Global Chemical America and Rumpke plan to work together as PTTGCA establishes a new facility to create products from recycled plastic.

The companies signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding regarding the provision of bale supply for a new recycling complex. PTTGCA is the U.S. subsidiary of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, or GC, Thailand’s largest integrated petrochemical and refining business and the same company that has proposed construction of an ethane cracker plant ion Belmont County. According to Columbus-based spokesman Dan Williamson, PTTGCA will soon announce the location of a new manufacturing plant of recycled plastics in the United States.

Rumpke has agreed to supply bales of plastics as feedstock to the facility once a final project investment decision is made by the end of 2022.

“This project is consistent with our full participation in the green economy and our ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to combat climate change,” GCA CEO Panod Awaiwanond said. “We are proud to partner with Rumpke, which has earned its reputation as a leading U.S. recycling business.”

“As the leader in Ohio when it comes to recycling, we are always looking for new end users for our commodities,” Rumpke Director of Recycling Jeff Snyder said. “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.”

Information provided by the company states that GC is Thailand’s largest integrated petrochemical and refining business, both in size and in the wide range of products and as the world’s No. 1 bioplastics producer.

“We are the world’s No. 1 in chemical sector in Dow Jones Sustainability indices for three consecutive years. Also, we have been rated at Leadership Level (A List) in water management and environmental management in climate change by CDP,” the company states. “Aligned with the Paris Agreement, we aim to reduce current carbon dioxide emissions 20% by 2030 on our journey toward achieving Net Zero by 2050.”

Headquartered just outside of Cincinnati, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, according to tis website. Founded in 1932, the company provided service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. its divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group, Rumpke Hydraulics and Rumpke Haul-it-Away.

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