Two firms have been established to recycle polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer. Biocor LLC in Concord, Calif., will buy post-consumer PLA products and will work with recyclers to achieve efficient separation of PLA from other plastics. (Infrared detection, for example, reportedly can sort PLA from PET and HDPE.) Biocor will also collaborate on PLA recycling pilot projects with federal, state, and local governments and other organizations.
Biocor will sell its collected PLA to another new firm, Plarco, Inc. in Eau Claire, Wis., the first company in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to recycling PLA back into lactic acid. Plarco has a deal to sell all its reclaimed lactic acid back to NatureWorks
LLC, Minnetonka, Minn., the only U.S. producer of PLA.
(888) 924-6267 • biocor.org;
(952) 742-0400 • natureworksllc.com