Evergreen Plastics, Clyde, Ohio, is focusing on growing to meet new demands for rPET, including food-grade applications. Evergreen Plastics Ltd., Clyde, Ohio, began operations as the plastics recycling division of Polychem LLC, Mentor, Ohio, in 1998. Polychem is one of the world’s largest producers of plastic strapping. The company started Evergreen to develop a raw material source for its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) strapping. Greg Johnson, vice president of operations at Evergreen Plastics, says Polychem and Evergreen are vertically integrated. Evergreen recycles curbside-collected PET—primarily soft drink and water bottles—to produce recycled PET (rPET) flakes and pellets. Polychem uses recycled plastic from Evergreen to produce strapping, which is made of 100-percent- recycled materials. “We buy postconsumer baled bottles. We sort, grind and wash them, and then we use the material—the ground flake—to produce the strapping,” Johnson says. Since Evergreen was established, it has tripled in size. Johnson says the company started with 35 employees and a 75,000-square-foot facility in 1998. Today, it has about 200 employees and a 240,000-square-foot facility. Evergreen inst...