International Recycling Group has created the first 100% zero-landfill solution to waste plastic
IRG is building the world’s largest plastics recycling plant to process all types and grades of waste plastic. Resins #1, #2 and #5 will be processed and returned to the container/packaging industry and resins #4, #6 and #7 will be repurposed as a blast furnace reducing agent for the integrated steel industry.
In the United States, according to EPA estimates, only about 7% of all plastics that enter the municipal solid waste stream are recycled
Combined with plastic scrap generated by industrial and commercial industries, we estimate that over 50 million tons annually of plastic scrap are destined for landfills. Plastic scrap has considerable potential to be repurposed and IRG plans to efficiently utilize this untapped resource.
IRG’s new “hyper-plant” will be able to accept ALL types of plastic—not just bottles. Thus, “single streaming”, or combining all plastics into a recycling bin or cart for pickup, will now become a reality.
To disrupt the waste collection model of legacy trash haulers commingling post-consumer, post-industrial and post-commercial waste plastics with trash and burying it in landfill.
To create a truly sustainable recycling infrastructure by replacing the “pickup and dump” model with a fully-automated ecosystem that turns 100% of waste plastics into a valuable resource. Every pound will be identified by machine for highest and best re-use, eliminating inefficient hand-sorting.
To incentivize. When individuals and companies are provided the opportunity and tools to monetize their plastics, nothing goes to waste.
It’s 2019. Why are we still filling the ocean with plastic?
Finding value in every pound of waste
Our primary raw material is plastic scrap with little economic resale value which would otherwise end up being landfilled. After sorting and processing using the latest technology, a portion of the formerly uneconomical plastic scrap is sold as high-grade regrind; the remainder is engineered into a tightly controlled specification for our steel industry customers.
With this model, by 2035, 100% of the world's post-consumer plastics will have a re-use either as recycled content in finished products where practicable, or as an iron reducing agent in steel production.