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Carbios, a company in the field of bioplasturgy, announces that it has taken a new step forward with the production of PET oligomers made out of terephthalic acid coming from its biorecycling process of PET plastic bottles.

The manufacturer of recycling systems is relying on new production processes with the optimum use of resources in its production of assembly groups. The new approach enables reduced production lead times for the individual assembly groups, such as melt filters and pelletisers, while at the same time increasing product quality.

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The Starlinger recoStar PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line which has been installed in April 2016 in the plastics recycling facility of the Canadian water bottler Ice River Springs in Feversham, Ontario, is said to deliver excellent production results.

Following tests on the Nature MultiPack the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) has confirmed that it can be fully recycled. The adhesive specially developed and supplied by NMP Systems and KHS has thus been granted interim approval for further market tests in Europe until June 30, 2019. The adhesive on the unique Nature MultiPack packaging system has no adverse effect on the rPET. Further tests shall be run to enable permanent approval to be granted.

The City of Buenos Aires, in partnership with San Diego-based CP Group, opened an advanced recycling system in Argentina. The new 10 TPH residential single stream recycling system began running last October in Villa Soldati, a neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Since then it has helped the city achieve its sustainability goals.

Spectra have reported an increase in customers using their Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials for their packaging. The company has made great strides in providing environmental alternatives for brands seeking a sustainable outcome, with PCR orders growing rapidly according to Gavin Chenery, Commercial Director at Spectra.

Amut Ecotech, Recycling Division of Amut Group, has supplied for Edwa city of Minya Governorate, Egypt a municipal solid waste recycling facility for the management of recyclable materials. The plant is planned to go into operation by June 2017.

Thanks to a 5% increase in turnover the consolidated sales of the Erema Group reached EUR 138 million in the 2016/17 financial year. The Group's two youngest sister companies Pure Loop and Umac recorded a strong turnover result shortly after being founded.

The most common strategy deployed by many water bottlers to meet sustainability initiatives has been to significantly lightweight their PET containers. However, a recent study found that oftentimes these bottles might meet consumer expectations for convenience and price, but may not minimise the carbon footprint.

Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water announced that it has dramatically increased the amount of recycled plastic used in its bottle production. Thanks to the high recycling rate of California residents, and with help from its strategic partner CarbonLITE, Arrowhead now ensures that 9 out of 10 of its Arrowhead bottles made in California incorporate 50% post-consumer rPET.

March 03, 2017 | PET for eggs

Egg producer Hickman’s Family Farms from Arizona, USA, introduces a clear rPET egg container. Made entirely from post-consumer PET soda and water bottles at Global Plastics in California, every day millions of water soda and bottles are ground, washed, and formed into containers for Hickman’s Family Farms. It takes about five bottles to make an 18-count egg container, and about three bottles to make a 12-count egg container. Consumers love being able to see the eggs they are buying without opening the packages, and store personnel are happy about the reduction in egg breakage and packages damaged from being handled.

Alpla,a provider of plastic packaging, has acquired a 100 per cent stake in the Romanian company Star East Pet SRL. The company, based in Brasov, specialises in the production of PET preforms for drinks, food and non-food products.

Resource Management Group (RMG), a San Diego-based materials management and recycling services provider, recently opened a new material recovery facility (MRF). Designed and installed by CP Group, the recycling system features MSS Cirus optical sorting technology and is designed for both commercial and multi-family single stream processing.

January 25, 2017 | Recycling of opaque PET

Carbios, a French green chemistry company specialising in enzymatic bioprocesses applied to plastic and textile polymers, offers a technological solution for the recycling of PET. Since recently, milk packaging as bottles made of opaque PET are widely replacing those made of high density PE (HDPE).

More than 40 industry leaders have endorsed a new action plan to tackle global plastics issues, and have begun working together to create a more effective global system for plastics. The action plan is presented in The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action, a new study by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation with analytical support from SYSTEMIQ, which reveals that concerted action by industry could result in reuse and recycling of 70% of all global plastic packaging, up from today's recycling rate of just 14%.

Global sensor-based solutions provider Tomra has signed up as a member of the New Plastics Economy, a three-year initiative working towards a global plastics system guided by the principles of the circular economy.

With the development of the production technology for woven plastic sacks made from rPET, Starlinger & Co. GmbH now offers the opportunity of closed-loop production for this type of packaging. As Stéphane Soudais, Head of Starlinger’s Consumer Bags Division points out, the company can produce PET tape fabric from virgin PET and recycled PET pellets on their machines for a variety of packaging applications since several years. Now they have achieved a breakthrough in working with recycled PET: they can produce rPET tapes directly from PET bottle flakes.

Polymetrix got recently awarded with new SSP and rPET contracts in various regions. Currently bottle grade PET plant capacities are expanded throughout Africa. Polymetrix received two new orders for SSP capacity expansion projects and is currently starting-up a relocated SSP plant. By the end of 2017 more than 450,000t/a of PET will be processed with Polymetrix SSP technology on the African continent.

November 21, 2016 | Cool drink bottle is no trash

Mpact Recycling has called upon consumers to take greater care when disposing of their refuse. “We urge consumers to separate recyclable plastic bottles and other recyclable items at home instead of relying on recyclers to do so at landfill. By that time the plastic is often too contaminated with items like soil to be recycled,” says Ronald Fairbanks, General Manager at Mpact Polymers.

Avery Dennison has collaborated with partners throughout the supply chain namely Viridor and PET UK, to help Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) reduce waste, costs, and the carbon footprint of Smartwater production in the United Kingdom.

Cooperation between NGR and Kuhne is raising the level of quality for direct production of food-grade PET sheets made of skeleton scrap, sheet production scrap or PET bottle flakes. The integrated system consists of a shredder-feeder-extruder combination for producing plastic melt, the P:React unit for improving the quality of PET and the sheet system from Kuhne for producing PET sheets with tightest tolerances. Both PET sheet producers and thermoformed part manufacturers will benefit from the result.

The machine and plant manufacturer from Meckesheim/Germany Herbold will present their five pillars for an efficient and cost-effective recycling of plastic waste. In the first pillar, the company identifies solutions for pre-size-reduction if the feeding material is too bulky for the usual procedure or if the material is in a first step only to be coarsely shredded for a subsequent sorting, classification or inspection.

At the K 2016 show Erema will be building on the success of the Intarema technology presented in 2013, this time with its trade fair theme of “Careformance – We care about your performance” to grow its pioneering role this year with Industry 4.0 applications.

The non-profit environmental association Ecoce is promoting the collection and recycling of post-consumer PET and other materials in Mexico. The association has now published new figures on recycling in Mexico: according to their own figures, Mexico has recorded the highest collection quota in America for PET for the past four years.

The soft-drinks producer Mitteldeutsche Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH & Co. KG (MEG) is part of the Schwarz Group that also owns the Lidl and Kaufland supermarket chains. The company is Germany’s second-largest beverage producer, with domestic sales of more than 25 million hectolitres, and also exports its wares throughout Europe.

The bottled water industry celebrates Earth Day by showcasing its efforts and dedication to protecting the environment and natural resources. “In keeping with this year’s Earth Day theme of ‘Trees for the Earth,’ the members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) are continuing their sustainable industry focus through numerous environmental impact-reduction efforts, which are built on a foundation of sound science,” says Chris Hogan, vice president of communications for IBWA.

March 14, 2016 | PET-consuming bacteria

Researches from the Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan isolated a novel bacterium that is enjoying PET as its major energy and carbon source. Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 uses two enzymes to break down the PET efficiently into its two environmentally benign monomers, terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol.

Constantia Flexibles and The Coca-Cola Company were recognised for one of the top five innovations in plastic recycling in 2016 by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). Held in conjunction with the Plastics Recycling Conference, the APR showcase highlighted their joint work incorporating SpearRC recyclable pressure sensitive labels into all Simply Beverages products.

Tomra Sorting Recycling recently presented their Autosort Flake featuring simultaneous triple-sorting capability. The machine combines color detection and enhanced material information to maximize the recovery of high-quality recycled products. The Autosort Flake analyses and sorts flakes by color and material at the same time and also detects metal.

PET is by far the most recycled plastic material in Europe, with the equivalent of over 66 billion bottles recycled in 2014. Brothers Drinks Co. Limited started shipping its PET liner to recycling specialist PET UK on a regular basis in July 2014. In the following 12 months, approximately 50 tons of PET liner has gone from Somerset to Scotland. This saved from incineration the waste liner from more than 1.5 million square metres of labels, and yielded enough PET resin to make almost 2 million microwave trays.

Nestlé recently launched the Sri Muda Factory in Malaysia.

New data compiled by the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) show that between 2000 and 2014, the average weight of a half-liter, single-serve PET water bottle has declined 52% to 9.25 grams. This has resulted in a savings of 2.8 billion kilograms of PET resin since 2000.

The Bio Hub programme has enabled the development and production of new chemicals using renewable agriculture materials, such as cereals which are a sustainable substitute for well-known fossil-based chemicals. The new bio-based forms of polyester have many possible end-user applications, including packaging. The programme was undertaken by international French biorefining group, Roquette, a global leader in the processing of plant-based raw materials, and subsidised by BPI France, the French agency for industrial innovation.

Californian water bottler Arrowhead today announced it will expand its use of recycled content to many of "100% Mountain Spring Water" bottles by the end of 2016. The company claims that this will increase its use of recycled content by 38% and will ensure that most of its bottle sizes contain up to 50% rPET.

The Polymark Consortium has published its preliminary technical results outlining the successful development of food-contact approved chemical markers, a marking technique of the targeted packaging and a detection technology suitable for high speed sorting.

The equivalent of 66 billion 1.5L PET bottles were collected and recycled in 2014, representing 57% of bottles and containers placed in the market. This conclusion comes from a report carried out by PCI PET Packaging Resin & Recycling Ltd for Petcore Europe from a Europe-wide survey among actors involved in the collection, sorting and recycling of PET. "PET collection and recycling continue to increase and to be a success story over the last 25 years. PET is by far the most recycled plastic material in Europe. However, we can do even better and actively contribute to the European Circular Economy, especially as PET now penetrates new applications" explains Petcore Europe Executive Director Patrick Peuch. The results will be presented during the Petcore Europe Conference in Brussels on 24 November.

The University of Pisa, Engineering Department, has chosen Amut as partner to cooperate on four research projects sponsored by the European Community, specific on dealing the study of plastic materials processing. Aim of the collaboration is to develop and test new polymers with particular eco-friendly characteristics, produced by renewable sources, recycled materials, even biodegradable and compostable materials. Amut shares with the students’ team, led by Prof. Andrea Lazzeri, its wide experience in the manufacturing of plants to extrude plastics, its own laboratory and some prototyped equipment which Amut has properly designed for the purpose.

Phoenix Technologies International, a global producer of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), is announcing an USD18 million expansion to enable upstream production integration. The company will be adding a proprietary new wash line, expected to be operational by the end of 2015, so that it can self-manufacture clean flake. The company uses clean flake as in feed material to create rPET, which is used to produce packaging for applications such as beverages, food, personal care and household cleaners. Up until now, Phoenix has either purchased clean flake directly or sourced baled bottles, which have been reclaimed from curbside collection, and then tolled through a third-party wash operation to create clean flake. The wash line has a projected output of 25,000 tons (50 million pounds) of clean flake per year.

Polymetrix AG, the former Bühler Thermal Processes AG, continues winning PET bottle grade projects with advanced SSP technologies.