In order to achieve the European Union's targets for plastics recycling and the use of recyclates, the technical capabilities of mechanical recycling need to be exploited to the full by expanding collection, sorting and recycling infrastructure and by further developing the technologies and end applications. For material flows where this recycling route is approaching its limits, it is important to regulate and apply additional processes. Chemical recycling presents a viable option to recycle the maximum volume of plastic waste, and is the shared interest of the companies in the association.
"In many cases, mechanical processes are at the beginning of the process chain for chemical recycling in order to prepare input streams and ensure a reliable, continuous and energy-efficient material feed," explains Klaus Lederer, Technology Research Manager - Chemical Recycling at EREMA Group GmbH. That is why EREMA extrusion technologies adapted to meet these specific requirements are already being used in existing chemical recycling plants. As a member of Chemical Recycling Europe, EREMA Group would like to contribute the know-how of the group of companies to the further development of chemical recycling processes, broaden the group's own understanding of the needs of plant operators and promote cooperation.
"In recent years, we have not only led the way with our recycling technologies, but also with activities aimed at bringing together the players in the plastics industry for discussion and interaction to put proven Circular Economy solutions on the road even faster," says Manfred Hackl, CEO of EREMA Group GmbH. With chemical recycling, there are still a number of challenges to be solved. Hackl adds: "We will contribute as a member of Chemical Recycling Europe in the same way as we do in other recycling initiatives with great commitment and very good results!"