News | June 11, 2024

Chattanooga Recycling Start-Up Kicks-Off Plastics Recycling Program In The USVI

OPT USA, Inc. announces an initiative to create a recycling infrastructure for plastics #1 PET, #2 HDPE, and #5 PP in the Caribbean Islands starting in St. Thomas, USVI. The program will expand throughout the USVI to St. John’s and St. Croix, incorporating additional materials as well as production of recycled content products as the program expands.

“We are excited to work with our partners; The University of the Virgin Islands, The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority, and The Opi’a Taino Organization with support of The Alliance to End Plastic Waste to bring this much needed resource to the Caribbean Islands,” said Michael Vincent, President and CEO at OPT USA, Inc. “Our technology is designed to expand and create recycling in communities and industries across the globe and domestically in the U.S. OPT USA’s onsite recycling model creates revenue streams through combining a condensed value chain with superior logistics efficiencies.”

“With the help of our committed partners, OPT will create jobs, a new industry of recycling, and recycled plastic product manufacturing in the USVI. Our technology and expertise help communities expand recycling, create jobs, and uplift the economy while reclaiming a plastic waste free environment,” Vincent continued.

Nicholas Kolesch, Vice President of Projects at the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, said, “We are excited to support the growth of recycling infrastructure in the US Virgin Islands by enabling OPT to replicate their successful track record in South Africa in a new geography. This project will demonstrate a solution that can be deployed in other island geographies and across the Americas to collect, process, and valorise plastic waste.”

Founded in 2022, OPT USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Ocean Plastic Technologies based in Durban, South Africa. The company expanded to the America’s with a successful track record for deploying Micro Recycling Pods in Southern Africa which have been responsible for recycling millions of tons of plastic waste and creating hundreds of jobs over the past eight years.The South African operations continue to grow with international companies, organizations, and municipalities.

Source: OPT USA, Inc.