Recycling plastics into lawn chairs: future shop in Dundalk

A shop that will employ about 16 people will be turning post-consumer plastic into Adirondack chairs in Dundalk next year.

The plant will be built onto the Greenlid com­postable tableware plant in the Eco Park in Dundalk.

Last week, Southgate council approved plans for the site and assigned the servicing needed.

The new building will be a 60,000 sq. ft. extension of the existing building.

C.R. Plastics Products will be expanding to this location.

Its Stratford facility will keep turning out high-quality furniture with a manual, hand crafted process, while the Dundalk facility will be highly-automated.

The company started 30 years ago, and was later acquired by Ice River Sustainable Solutions.

Ice River has distinguished itself through its bottled water line, which has a closed-loop recycling that does not add new plastic. Instead, it recovers and re-uses plastic already manu­factured.

The lawn furniture company uses the harder plastic of the plastic bottle caps as a source.

In Dundalk, the focus at the new plant will be a 100% recycled “Value Line”, made using state-of-the-art auto­mated manufacturing lines.

“With the current economic conditions, consumers are looking for products that are good for the environment and more affordable,” the company said in a statement.

“This will support recycling millions of pounds of post-consumer plastics and sustaining a circular economy,” company said.

The total servicing allocation of both plants will be 188 units water, and seven wastewater. The process traps and re-uses water, which is why the wastewater number is so much lower, council heard.

Company reps thanked staff and council for their work on the project.

All things are moving forward for the project, as building permits were also in process.

An excavator was dropped off at the site within days, with digging to begin this week, and concrete footings the following week.

A time line was provided for the CR Plastics company. Just like Greenlid, the company pitched its product on Dragon’s Den on CBC.

CR PLASTICS

1994: Basement start-up, with a dream to help save the environment.

2010: Pitched the company on CBC’s The Dragons’ Den, which gained lots of publicity even though the Dragons’ offer was turned down. The show was a “pivotal moment” for the company.

2016: Ice River Sustainable Solutions, Sandy and Jamie Gott, invested in C.R. Plastic Products, to make outdoor furniture from recycled bottle caps at a 300,000 sq.-ft. factory in Stratford.

2018: Ice River Sustainable Solutions fully purchased CRP.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald