From Waste to Resources: Recycling turns today’s plastics into tomorrow’s resources Polypeth Ekspor Indonesia August 9, 2022

From Waste to Resources: Recycling turns today’s plastics into tomorrow’s resources

When recyclers drop in or drop off their recyclables, they might not realize that in addition to diverting trash from the landfill, they also are supporting jobs, consumers and our economy.

Ohioans may be unaware that nearly all the materials people recycle are used to make new products used by consumers in Ohio and across the globe.

That’s why the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) supports what we refer to as a circular economy. Natural resources, like trees, water, oil and natural gas are used to create goods. Once we’re done using and consuming, we recycle as much as possible so the material can be made into new items that we can once again use and consume. To responsibly use our natural resources, supporting a circular economy is key.

Recent results from a SWACO public-opinion research project provided encouraging insight from central Ohio residents about their waste and recycling behaviors and beliefs. Ninety-five percent of homeowners reported having access to curbside recycling, and 92% agreed that recycling is important and reflects well on the community.

However, that same research uncovered a major misconception. A total of 63% of residents believe that even when sorted correctly, most recycling ends up at the landfill. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. When residents place accepted materials in their recycling bin, all of those materials get recycled. In fact, nearly 80% of the materials Franklin County residents recycle end up being used by Ohio.

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Take PET plastics as an example. Companies across Ohio, such as Phoenix Technologies in Bowling Green and Evergreen in Clyde, are using pellets made of recycled beverage bottles, or what the industry refers to as polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET), to make new bottles and other recycled products.

Phoenix, which employs 130 Ohioans, purchases recycled PET (rPET) from recycling companies across the globe, including more than 15 million pounds from central Ohio. Employees at the Bowling Green facility process 80-100 million pounds of recycled materials per year, creating new products such as water and soda bottles, as well as pallet strapping, used by consumers all over the world. That circular economy process diverts roughly 75-plus million pounds from landfills.

And Evergreen, with approximately 170 people employed at its facility in Clyde, is one of the largest single PET recycling sites in the U.S., producing roughly 217 million pounds of rPET. Most of Evergreen’s process is turning recycled plastic bottles into new bottles.

A circular economy also is a major economic driver in our state as Ohio is home to hundreds of businesses that rely on your recyclables. Those Ohio businesses employ thousands of individuals and invest millions, if not billions, of dollars right back into our economy. 

In fact, nearly 400 businesses in central Ohio are recycling reliant. Together, they support more than 5,000 jobs and generate $1.3 billion in revenue for the region’s economy. In the coming months, SWACO will be highlighting these vital businesses in a Circular Ohio series.

When it comes to recycling, central Ohio is achieving above-average participation, thanks to the active commitment from our residents. Franklin County has an impressive 50% diversion rate, which is significantly higher than the national average of 34%. But we can always do better.

Currently, the county’s residential recycling program only captures about 25% of No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, such as beverage bottles, milk jugs and cleaning and laundry containers. We can improve our recycling habits and continue to fuel the circular economy that is so key to a more sustainable future.

We are grateful to all of you who choose to reduce, reuse and recycle. Together, these actions make a difference for our environment, our economy and our community.


Polypeth Ekspor Indonesia is a supplier and export recycled plastic pellets (PET, HIPS & PP) based in Indonesia. We work with plastic recycling manufacturers with years of experience to provide and ensure high quality & the safety of our recycled plastic pellets. Together we reduce the use of virgin plastic resin and reduce the waste of virgin plastic pollution.

To find out more about Polypeth Ekspor Indonesia’s products and services, speak to the team by clicking here.

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