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Composite Recycling Technology Center
The CRTC is now an independent not-for-profit corporation separate from the Port of Port Angeles.  Please visit to learn more.
The Vision:

To create a new, world leading industry for reclaiming, recycling, and reprocessing carbon fiber composites that grows Washington State's advanced manufacturing industry and talented workforce.

The Opportunity

  • 2 million pounds of carbon fiber (CF) composite material is landfilled in WA State annually.*
  • Diverting this waste stream into high-profile, high-impact applications can accelerate the State's advanced manufacturing industries, attract foreign and federal investment, and grow opportunity for highly-skilled workers.

 The CRTC Will...

  • Collaborate with CRTC stakeholders and supporters to develop technology to repurpose CF prepreg waste.
  • Leverage the complementary needs of stakeholders and supporters to spur use of recycled composites.
  • Engage in workforce development by training workers and promoting manufacturing start-up and expansion.
  • Achieve financial sustainability through product development and manufacturing, and lease of space and equipment for external R&D and skills training.

The Benefits
  • Job growth in Clallam County: The CRTC is anticipated to create 200 direct jobs by year 6, with 340 jobs including indirect and induced. 
  • Waste is diverted for ecological and economic benefit through capture and reuse of 1.4 M lbs/yr of valuable carbon fiber material by year 5. 
  • The CRTC will leverage $5.3M in capital grant funding (pending) and ~$30M in cost share support from public and industry partners to achieve self-sufficiency by year 2.
  • The co-located and purpose-built Peninsula College program will offer workforce training for staff of CRTC and composite companies. 

The Supporters
  • Batson Enterprises
  • Board of Clallam County Commissioners
  • Center for Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
  • City of Port Angeles
  • Coeur Terra
  • Craft3
  • EcycleNW / RecycleNW
  • Harvest Composites
  • Intellectual Ventures
  • Janicki Industries
  • Mervin Manufacturing
  • Olympic College
  • Peninsula College
  • Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Port Angeles School District
  • Port of Port Angeles
  • Skagit Valley College / NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology
  • Turn Point Design Inc.
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Washington, College of Engineering
  • Washington State University, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
*Source - WA State Department of Ecology estimate of 2 million pounds per year with an assumption of $45/pound as an average purchase.