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New Southmayd Business Recycles Old Bottles

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SOUTHMAYD, TX -- A new business is proving the adage than one man's trash is another man's treasure, as it seeks to make big profits by turning old bottles into something new.

The raw material the company uses is something many people throw away without a second thought, but Eco Green Recycling is turning yesterday's soda and water containers into a product that can make new ones.

The work inside this new factory off Highway 56 begins after people throw out their bottles. "We try to bring the majority of them in locally from the Texas area, but we bring them in from all over the United States," says general manager Brad Hall.

Workers put the bales of bottles into a machine which sorts them, including taking out green bottles. Then, workers check for bottles with liners or anything else the machine missed.

"We sort the different kinds of plastics, and then grind it and wash it," says employee Leslie Husband, who moved from Pryor, Okla.

"We've been setting up a lot of equipment, we've got our wash lines, our grinders, our sort machines," says employee Steven Henry of Sherman.

The company opened in an empty 114,000-square foot building on Gibbons Road, bringing equipment bought out from a business in Pryor. They plan to have 75 employees and get about $350,000 in incentives from Sherman Economic Development Corporation.

"Part of the process that we've been able to help them in is the relocation costs of moving some of their equipment here, and we're using some local contractors to make that move and also do the setup," says SEDCO president Scott Connell.

"I was excited when I heard this plant was opening up again, because I worked here building railroad ties three years ago," says Henry.

After the bottles are ground up, they end up in little flakes, but they still have pieces of labels and dirt in them, so that is when they have to go through a washing process in a special machine.

"It gets washed and dried, and then we can send it to manufacturers to use in making new products," says Hall.

Hall says when it comes to turning trash into something that can be re-used, they are only getting started.

"We can do approximately 160,000 pounds per day of material, and as we expand in the future hopefully we'll get up to 400,000 or 500,000 pounds a day and work all week long," says Hall.

Hall says the company is getting in new equipment and plans to turn flakes into pellets. In addition to bottles, they can also take a second type of plastic including laundry containers and milk jugs. There are 30 workers now with plans to double that in the next two months.