Oregon recycling plant planned

The Northwest’s first plastic-bottle recycling plant will begin operating in Oregon in 2010.

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St. Helens will be the new home for the Northwest’s first plastic-bottle recycling plant, set to begin operating next year.

The $10-million complex, slated to begin operating in mid-2010 on four acres owned by the Port of St. Helens, was made possible by state legislation which set a 5-cent deposit on bottled-water containers that took effect in January, one of its backers said.

Before this year, said Tom Leaptrott, the president of Quantum Leap Packaging in Vancouver, it wasn’t possible to collect enough recyclable bottles to supply a recycling facility in Oregon. Quantum is one of the partners in the new facility.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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