(Feb. 19, 4:22 p.m.) PWP Industries, Vernon, Calif., is opening an in-house plastics recycling facility and is working with Coca-Cola Recycling LLC to recycle post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate, or PETE, bottles into FDA-compliant resin for food contact.

The new facility will be located in Davisville, W. Va.

“We’re reprocessing PETE plastic into FDA-approved resin,” said PWP Industries executive vice president Rick Zirkler. “It’s approved to be available for use with food products.”

PWP Industries offers recyclable packaging material that includes trays, clamshells and fresh-cut bowls.

Zirkler said the initiative took root about two years ago as a concept.

“It’s very important to use post-consumer recycled product for material into the marketplace,” Zirkler said.

He said recycling one ton of post-consumer product saves 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide, and that resin made from recycled PETE bottles saves about two-thirds more energy than resin.

“More than anything, it’s the right thing to do,” Zirkler said.

Zirkler said most of the PETE bottles will be provided by Coca-Cola and come from curbside and other forms of recycling collection.

The recycling facility is scheduled to open in the second quarter.