PACCOR and Veolia plan to implement PET recycling trays on an industrial scale.
A pilot project to recycle PET containers was completed by ‘PET Packaging’ research team that comprise PACCOR Group, a European suppliers of sustainable plastic packaging solutions, and MultiPet, a German plastic waste recycler. These companies can 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.
The new process was first tested together with IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V., Industrial Association of Plastics Packaging. They used the Veolia packaging and sorting plant in Nordhausen, Germany, to separate plastic bottles from the mixed PET trays and then the single-layered PET. Subsequently the MultiPet faculity in Bernburg, Germany was used to process the flakes. The trays have undergone the same process usually used for many years to process PET bottles from packaging waste. PET flakes processed in this way can be re-used by PACCOR for the production of PET trays.
Veolia and PACCOR plan to continue recycling single-layer trays and optimize its own sorting plant in Nordhausen to sort single-layer PET fractions.
More about PET tray recycling will be discussed at CMT’s 20th GEPET & Recycling Summit on 8-9 May, 2019 in Madrid.