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ORPET Groundbreaking

Posted on 31st August 2011 at 07:51

After a number of delays, groundbreaking ceremonies are planned today on the $10 million ORPET plastic bottle recycling plant in St. Helens. When complete, the facility will be recycling plastic water bottles and other plastic items, creating about 20 new jobs in that area. It’s projected that the facility will recycle about 90 percent of the plastic bottles used in Oregon, material that used to be shipped overseas for processing. ORPET is a public-private partnership between the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative and two entrepreneurs, Tom Leaptrott and Dennis Denton. The plant will be built on Port of Saint Helens property on Old Portland Road, and should be in operation by December. Today’s groundbreaking ceremony is set for 2 pm today.