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Oregon's First Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant Opens

OPB | April 27, 2012 12:49 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:01 a.m. | Portland, OR

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Oregon’s first recycling plant for plastic bottles opened near St. Helens Friday.

A company called ORPET has built a $10 million recycling facility at the Port of St. Helens.

Bruce Sone is the sales director for ORPET. He said a major change in Oregon’s bottle deposit law made the project possible.

Last year, the state added water bottles to the list of beverage containers that consumers can recycle to redeem a nickel deposit.

“We needed a certain amount of volume to have this plant pencil out. With just the soda bottles it would not work. With the addition of the water bottles it put us over that number and allowed us to build this facility,” says Sone.

Sone says before his plant started up, Oregon’s plastic bottles were being shipped overseas for recycling.

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