KLӦCKNER PENTAPLAST AND IK WORKING GROUP CLOSE THE RECYCLING LOOP WITH SUCCESSFUL PILOT ON PLASTIC RIGID FOOD TRAYS
London, UK – Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), a plastics manufacturer of food trays, has worked with the German Plastic Packaging Industry Association (IK) to create a successful pilot project for the closed-loop recycling of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic food trays.
Nobert Adamzyk (Sites Managing Director and Operations Manager in Germany) and Berthold Tiefensee (HSHEQ Manager for North-West Europe) from kp in Ritterhude, Germany, managed the pilot project and Mr Adamzyk said “We have shown that we really can close the loop for plastic food trays, turning them into new recycled plastic trays. This offers a viable option for dealing effectively with what has always been a very challenging post-consumer waste stream.” This successful outcome represents an important step forward for sustainability.
In cooperation with a manufacturer of optical sorting facilities, members of the IK Working Group leased a sorting line. Clear mono-PET trays were first extracted from 30 tonnes of mixed PET fraction. They were subsequently ground up by a German based PET recycling company Multipet, then washed and converted into recycled PET (rPET) flakes. Finally, kp processed the rPET flakes into rPET film, and converted the film into new trays.
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Focused on delivering its vision: The Sustainable
Protection of Everyday Needs, kp is a global leader in rigid and flexible packaging, and specialty film
solutions, serving the pharmaceutical, medical device, protein markets, amongst
others. With a broad and innovative portfolio of packaging and product films
and services, kp plays an integral role in the customer value chain by
safeguarding product integrity, protecting brand reputation and improving
sustainability. kp’s “Investing in Better” sustainability strategy
solidifies its commitment to achieving ten clear targets
for long-term improvement by increasing recycling and recyclability of products, cutting
carbon emissions and continuous improvement in employee engagement, safety, and
diversity, equity and inclusion. kp has earned a gold rating from EcoVadis, the
leading platform for environmental, social, and ethical performance ratings,
putting kp in the top 3% of companies rated in the manufacturing of plastics
products sector. Founded in 1965 kp has 31 plants in 18 countries and employs
over 5,900 people committed to serving customers worldwide in over 60 locations.
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