New Sarnia-based Plastic Packaging Recycler Named ReVital Polymers

March 23, 2017

Waste resources and recycling industry veterans Tony Moucachen and Emmie Leung have announced the name of their Ontario-based plastic packaging recycling company – ReVital Polymers Inc. – and unveiled a new website, revitalpolymers.com.

Ms. Leung and Mr. Moucachen formed a partnership last summer to acquire the assets of Entropex including a 180,000-square foot recycling facility located in Sarnia, Ontario to form ReVital Polymers Inc. ReVital recovers post-consumer and post-industrial plastics and processes these materials into discrete resin types, tailoring them to specific customer end use applications.

“Our process allows us to customize production to meet the specific needs of our customers, contributing to more sustainable products made from recycled content,” Moucachen said. He noted that ReVital recycles the entire spectrum of product package including paper and metal, integrating it into the reverse supply chain that feeds the development of new products and packaging.

A key driver of the new company is its commitment to the circular economy. Leung said ReVital is “offering programs and services that will improve recovery rates for producers and increase material value through better end-of-life management. Our high quality post-consumer recycled resins generate greater economic and environmental returns on the three levels of materials management – for consumers, the economy and the environment.”

Tony Moucachen, founder and President of Merlin Plastics Group, is a pioneer of the North American plastic packaging recycling and remarketing industry. He started Merlin Plastics in 1987 and today, Merlin Plastics serves customers throughout Canada and the USA, processing industrial and post-consumer rigid and flexible plastic packaging. Merlin Plastics and Emterra are business partners in another venture that processes and markets recyclable materials collected in British Columbia’s Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) extended producer responsibility program for packaging and printed paper.

Emmie Leung is the founder and CEO of Emterra Group, which employs more than 1,100 people through four divisions located across Canada and in the State of Michigan, USA. Emterra offers municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) customers a fully integrated approach to collecting, processing and marketing waste, recyclables, organic waste, and used tires and offers secure product destruction. The company annually markets more than 500,000 tonnes of recyclables and has more than a dozen material recovery facilities, including five state-of-the-art single stream recycling facilities featuring advanced recycling technology such as packaging and paper optical sorters. Emterra is one of Canada’s most progressive users of alternative green fleet technologies, with 35% of its fleet powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and a network of four CNG fuelling stations.

Veteran North American Recyclers Create Partnership to Revitalize Plastics Recycler Entropex

March 1, 2017

(Announced October 16, 2016)

Two veterans of the North American consumer packaging recycling industry, Emmie Leung and Tony Moucachen, announced today they have formed a partnership to purchase the assets of Entropex, a Canadian company based in Sarnia, Ontario. Entropex processed post-consumer rigid plastic packaging for the manufacturing of new, sustainable consumer and automotive products.

Entropex has been in receivership since July 14, 2016. President Keith Bechard said in a statement issued at the time that despite best efforts, the company had “struggled to meet financial challenges caused by the dramatic decline in oil prices and the very competitive business environment.”

A court-appointed receiver, MNP Ltd. of London, Ontario, had been seeking a buyer. The court announced approval of the Leung-Moucachen purchase proposal today.

Leung and Moucachen said they will restart the company in a staged manner and with a new name that will reflect a fresh vision and mission.

Their vision for the new company is to create sustainable, post-consumer, plastic material products that contribute to the circular economy by preserving their utility and value over their extended lifecycle.

“Our aim will be to create products that help our customers – producers and brand owners –achieve the best possible environmental outcomes that result in cost efficient end-of-life product management,” Moucachen said.

Leung said it will be a challenge to turn the company around but that she and Moucachen are committed to revitalizing the business and bringing green economy jobs back to the Sarnia area.

“We understand the need to develop and deliver programs and services to customers to improve recovery and value throughout the reverse supply chain. We’ll be taking a long look at how we can provide effective, sustainable and responsible solutions to plastics recycling that maximize the value of the recovered materials in closed-loop cycles,” she said.

Tony Moucachen is the founder and CEO of Merlin Plastics Group. A pioneer in North America in plastic packaging recycling and remarketing, he started the company in 1987. Today, Merlin Plastics serves customers throughout Canada and the USA, processing industrial and post-consumer rigid and flexible plastic packaging. Merlin Plastics and Emterra are business partners in another venture which processes and markets recyclables collected in British Columbia’s Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) extended producer responsibility program for packaging and printed paper.

Also a recognized pioneer in the waste resources and recovery industry, Emmie Leung is founder and CEO of Emterra Group. It employs more than 1,000 people through four divisions located across Canada and in the State of Michigan, USA. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Emterra offers municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) customers a fully integrated approach to collecting, processing and marketing waste, recyclables, organic waste, used tires and secure product destruction. The company annually markets more than 500,000 tonnes of recyclables and has more than a dozen material recovery facilities, including five state-of-the art single stream recyclables processing facilities featuring the most advanced recycling technology such as packaging and paper optical sorters. Emterra is one of Canada’s most progressive users of alternative green fleet technologies, with 35% of its fleet powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and a network of four CNG fuelling stations.