In the spring of 2008, URRC and Spartanburg Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. partnered together to launch iRecycle, an innovative recycling program in Spartanburg County schools. URRC provides recycling bins and other promotional supplies to get the students involved in recycling and Coca-Cola then collects these recyclable items after delivering their products to the schools.
A prototype program was started in Spartanburg School District 5, holding a naming contest for the program. Christina Jackson from Florence Chapel Middle School won, choosing the name iRecycle.
The program has been a tremendous success, operating in schools, businesses and throughout the community, with plans to continue expanding!
- URRC and Coca-Cola are very excited to announce the first ever iRecycle scholarship. This was awarded to a Byrnes High School student Komal Patel who was very involved in recycling at her school. Komal received a scholarship to Spartanburg Community College and participated in their dual enrollment program during her senior year.
- Our goal, with the help of the iRecycle Run, will be to give a scholarship to all participating High Schools after one year of participation.
About URRC, Coca-Cola, & NURRC
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, URRC was founded in 1992. The company originally provided services to the polyester or PET, silver film recovery market. In 1994, it developed and patented the UnPet process for chemically super cleaning PET (polyethylene terephthalate) chip for food grade packaging.
In 1996 it entered into a development agreement with the Coca-Cola Company to perfect the process for bottle-to-bottle recycling. In 2000 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued its letter of non-objection to clear the way for commercial food grade applications.
As part of Coca-Cola's long-term initiative to have 100 percent of its plastic bottles recycled or reused, URRC signed an agreement with Coca-Cola in 2007 to form a joint venture, NURRC. Coca-Cola invested $60 million to build a new facility, forming the largest bottle-to bottle recycling plant in the world.
The new plant expanded URRC's existing operations from 10 million pounds of recycled chip to 100 million pounds per year. In addition to the financial and energy-saving benefits of recycling plastic, the Spartanburg plant is expected to eliminate the production of one million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next ten years.
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