Intertek has helped Geo-Tech Polymers receive clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its recycled plastics process by providing third-party verification for Geo-Tech’s patented coating removal process and chemistry.
Geo-Tech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wastren Advantage, located in Waverly, Ohio, possesses a plastic cleaning technology and chemistry that transforms low-value plastics to virgin-like quality resins. The process removes surface coatings such as ink, chrome, paint, films and labels utilized in both rigid and flexible plastics prior to reprocessing.
Letters expressing favorable opinions from the US FDA are called “No Objection Letters” (NOL) and can be used by the recipients to assure their prospective customers and the industry that the products they are selling have been evaluated by the FDA and deemed acceptable to be used back into a food contact applications.
The NOL received by Geo-Tech is applicable to all grades of plastics originating as FDA cleared materials. It represents that Geo-Tech has demonstrated that its patented coating removal process and chemistry allows inks and coatings to be successfully removed from plastics, resulting in clear plastics that can be reused into new food contact applications. Typically printed or pigmented plastics are destined for the landfill or to return as black resin and used at very low recycled content percentages in industrial applications.
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