MB&A (Michael Biddle & Assoc., now MBA Polymers) began in founder Dr. Mike Biddle’s garage in 1992, to prove that it was possible to recycle plastics from complex waste streams. The venture then moved to a large scale pilot facility in Berkeley, California, and in 1997 to a small-scale production facility in Richmond, California, where plastics from a wide variety of commingled waste streams from all over the world were successfully recycled.
MBA Polymers has become the world leader in recycling plastics from end-of-life durable goods such as computers, electronics, appliances, and autos. The firm’s headquarters and research facility remains in Richmond, California, but production facilities have expanded internationally, mining plastics from some of the largest, plastics-rich waste streams in the world. Our state-of-the-art plants in Guangzhou, China and Kematen an der Ybbs, Austria have been operating since 2006, focusing on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). And in the final months of 2010, they expanded to Worksop, UK, where their joint venture with the largest metal recycler in the British Isles and one of the largest in the world (EMR) produces post-consumer plastics from automotive shredder residue vs. recycling from ELV, appliances and electronics.
Their facilities represent the four most advanced plastics recycling facilities on the planet today — they’re the first four of their many additional plants to come.