Thomson's ongoing efforts have now caught the eye of the nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), which recently agreed to support CRDC’s efforts. Using a low-interest, multimillion-dollar loan from AEPW, Thomson and his team will build a new, 14,000-square-foot plant in York, Pa., that will use CRDC’s patented process. At the same time, some of that money also will be used to allow CRDC to ramp up Resin8 output at its pilot facility in San José, Costa Rica, to full production. The firm also is operating a pilot facility in Capetown, South Africa.
With the additional funding, CRDC will be able to boost the Costa Rican plant's output from half a ton a day to 4.5 tons per hour, Thomson said. Between the two locations, once they are both running at full capacity, Thomson said he expects CRDC to be able to process a combined 26,400 tons of plastic waste a year and turn it into Resin8. He notes that Resin8 can account for between 2 and 10 percent of the concrete mix for use in structural applications, and for up to 30 percent for non-structural uses.