BREST, 15 January (BelTA) – Plans have been made to build a plant for recycling polyethylene (PET) bottles in Pinsk District, Brest Oblast, representatives of the Pinsk District administration told BelTA.
The Pinsk-based company OOO Ekoprodshina, which specializes in recycling worn-out automobile tires, is the initiator of the project. The company has bought a land plot of about 0.5 hectare in the town of Logishin at the suggestion of the Pinsk District Executive Committee. The land will be used to build a manufacturing wing for processing PET bottles and a boiler house. Engineering infrastructure and communications will be built. The project will create 19 jobs.
Ekoprodshina Director Vladimir Golyshak noted: “According to our estimates, we will need about Br2 million to implement the project, including up to Br800,000 to buy the equipment. The main investor is our founding company – Brestmiasomolprom Concern. The project is supposed to be fully implemented in September 2021. The schedule is very tight but feasible.”
The project's business plan has been sent to the Agriculture and Food Committee of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee for consideration and approval. Taking into account the equipment's output capacity, the PET bottle recycling plant will need at least 1,400 tonnes of PET bottles per annum. They will be converted into plastic flakes, which are used as a raw material for making artificial fibers. The volume is comparable to what Brest Oblast housing and public utilities enterprises collect – 1,600 tonnes of polyethylene containers in 2020.
Vladimir Golyshak noted: “The matter of raw materials has been settled. Contracts on buying PET bottles from Brest Oblast housing and public utilities enterprises have been signed in advance. Apart from that, we intend to collect raw materials on our own. Six sites for it have been set up in Pinsk. Our enterprise has been added to the registry of collectors.”
The Pinsk District administration is now polling the public opinion about the construction of the PET bottle recycling plant in Logishin. Public hearings of the project are supposed to take place through 5 February.