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CLOSING THE RECYCLING CYCLE FOR PET TRAYS

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

After the successful completion of the pilot project, PACCOR and Veolia are preparing to implement PET recycling trays on an industrial scale.

The “PET Packaging” research team, composed of PACCOR Group, one of the top European suppliers of sustainable plastic packaging solutions, and MultiPet, the leading German plastic waste recycler, are pleased to announce the successful completion of a pilot project in the recycling of PET containers. The successful attempt allows the above companies to either return post-consumer materials for material recycling or switch to disposable products for reusable packaging or eventually to close the recycling cycle packaging process of PET containers.

As part of the pilot venture, the new process was tested for the first time together with IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V., Industrial Association of Plastics Packaging. At the Veolia packaging and sorting plant in Nordhausen, Germany, out of the mixed fractions, PET double separation system sorted clean monochrome PET containers, i.e. plastic bottles were the first to be separated from the mixed PET trays and then the single-layered PET was sorted. Subsequent processing into flakes was carried out at MultiPet GmbH in Bernburg, Germany. The trays have undergone the same process that has been used for many years for processing PET bottles from packaging waste. PET flakes processed in this way can be re-used by PACCOR for the production of PET trays.

Sebastian Kremer, chairman of the research team, said this about evaluating the results of this project: “Recycling of PET containers was considered difficult so far due to the lack of appropriate sorting and recycling technologies. But the successful completion of our project proves that PET can be recycled and re-made into PET containers. We plan to carry further experiments with a much larger amount of input material to clarify the outstanding issues of industrial scale sorting, mechanical recycling and product use.”

Veolia, in cooperation with PACCOR who specializes in plastic packaging, will continue to recycle single-layer trays and optimize its own sorting plant in Nordhausen to sort single-layer PET fractions. In this way, for the first time in Germany, the environmental service provider has opened the technical and infrastructural possibilities for sorting and recycling PET trays and supports the use of packaging materials from recycled materials to ensure a sustainable recycling economy.

The “PET Packaging” research team was set up at the end of February 2018 and has set itself the goal of accelerating the development of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging market by providing recycling opportunities. The project’s team has involved companies whose activities are related to the PET packaging sector. These include producers of PET containers, PET blisters, PET foil, manufacturers of optical sorting equipment and companies dealing with PET recycling.

 

About MultiPet

MultiPet GmbH, a company of Veolia Germany, is one of the most experienced German PET recyclers with more than 18 years on the market. Our aim is to supply the plastic converting industry with raw material by using plastic waste as a source.

About Veolia

Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 169,000 employees worldwide, the group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, to preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In Germany, around 12,400 people work at Veolia’s approximately 300 locations and its affiliated companies. In partnership with local communities, they work for more than 13 million people. In addition, they offer tailor-made services for private and commercial customers, commercial and industrial companies. In its three divisions, Veolia generated annual sales of 1.8 billion euros in Germany in 2017.

About IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V.

Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen is a trade association representing the interests of producers of packaging and plastic foils in Germany and Europe. This sector assembles medium-sized businesses employing over 90,000 employees and generates an annual turnover of 15 billion euros. At present, plastic packaging accounts for 44% of the German packaging market. IK is the largest association belonging to the Gesamtverband Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie (GIN – German Association of the Plastics Processing Industry) and therefore also engages in the interests of the entire plastics processing industry.