PANDORA — Green Line Polymers recycling facility, a subsidiary of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), is set to receive a $200,000 Market Development Grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The grant was applied for by the Putnam County Solid Waste Management District, with ADS being the cooperating enterprise on the application, according to the Ohio EPA. According to the application, ADS has committed to match the $200,000 grant with the same amount. ADS will also be putting an additional $368,308 into the project.
“We toured the facility a couple of months ago,” said Putnam County Commissioner Mike Lammers. “They use recycled materials to make drainage pipes.”
According to the grant application, ADS would purchase a recycling system utilizing an extruder based mixing process which would melt HDPE plastics and produce a unified plastic pellet ready for manufacturing.
The new system would increase the volume of drainage pipe made with recycled plastic at Green Line Polymers by 660,000 pounds the first year. By the fourth year with the new system in place the new system would be producing an extra 6.2 million pounds of drainage pipe.
“The Putnam County Commissioners are excited about the Advanced Drainage Systems grant from the EPA to expand operations that exploits the nature of their recycled materials to produce ODOT approved pipe,” said Lammers. “We love the win-win for Putnam County taxpayers getting tax dollars back to our county to aid in creating new jobs and utilizing recycled materials that helps protect all our future.”
The new equipment is projected to produce 14 new full-time jobs at Green Line Polymers in Pandora and retain 150 total jobs throughout ADS locations in Ohio, said County Administrator Jackson Betscher. Betscher said the grant funding will be available July 1.
“Green Line Polymers, a wholly owned subsidiary of ADS, processes a wide variety of reusable HDPE materials at it eight recycling facilities across North America,” said Tori Durliat, ADS director of marketing. “We currently recycle more than 400 million pounds of household and industrial plastics annually, turning it into storm water management pipe products that will last a century.”
Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362