The topic of plastics recycling has received a tremendous amount of media attention recently. Higher recycling rates, improved collection systems and more efficient processing facilities ensure that plastic waste is recycled and repurposed. Yet, there is much work left to be done and much plastic still goes unrecycled. Unifi, the world’s leading manufacturer of recycled high-performance fibers, is making a difference. To date, the company has transformed 35 billion plastic bottles into its proprietary REPREVE® recycled fiber. Unifi’s process ensures that plastics are returned to the consumer goods cycle as a valuable raw material and promotes a more circular and sustainable economy.
When Unifi was looking for a reliable partner to set up an efficient shredding process in 2018, they chose shredding solutions from Lindner. Today a total of three Lindner Micromat 2000 prepare plastic and textile waste for its journey to extrusion, spinning and finally winding the fibers used by some of the world’s bestknown brands, such as Williams-Sonoma Inc., Levi’s, and Toms Shoes. Scott Trivette, Operations Manager of the Repreve® Recycling Centre and Future Innovation Centre in Yadkinville, North Carolina, describes the relationship with Lindner as “a great partnership, which we require because of our 24/7/365 operating model. A provider who can only be there for us between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. just doesn’t work for us. We need answers within hours, not days, and Lindner with its hub in Statesville, NC is always there for us.”