ReTHink Inc. tries out new plastic shredder to “upcycle” recyclables in community

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A new piece of equipment at a Terre Haute facility has the ability to transform recycled plastic.

Last week, MyWabashValley.com reported on local recycling facilities seeing an influx in their services during recent recycling limitations.

Terre Haute facility, ReTHink Inc. focuses on “upcycling.”

The facility received a plastic shredder just weeks ago after 100 Women Who Care and the Wabash Valley Community Foundation collected grant money.

President of ReTHink Inc. Rebecca Bercich said the shredder condenses plastic materials that can be reimagined into new items like tiles or rugs.

The facility currently has a backlog of plastics after taking them in from the community since May.

Bercich said they hope to run items through the shredder and will start taking plastics again in November.

“Globally, we need a release valve and we also need to shut off the tap, so this is a release valve, a small and local one. But we also need to educate folks so that they know that this is not going to solve our problem, we also need to reduce how much we use,” ReTHink president, Rebecca Bercich said.

ReTHink also received grant money from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, that they plan to use to buy additional equipment to reform plastic.

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