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PET trays

PET tray-to-tray: Greiner Packaging processes material from yellow bags into beverage trays for Rauch Fruchtsäfte

2:70 min Fruit juicesPET films, trays, cups
Kremsmünster, Austria

Together with its partners, Greiner Packaging is taking yet another step towards a circular economy: In future, Rauch brand beverages will also be presented in supermarkets in trays made of 70% PCR (post-consumer recycled) r-PET material.

  • In addition to bottles made from 100% r-PET, Rauch now also uses trays made from 70% recycled PET
  • Tray-to-tray recycling reduces dependence on the PET bottle flow - Waste from yellow bags is used as the basis for recycled trays
  • The trays are produced by the Greiner Packaging business unit Greiner Assistec, which specializes in the production of customer-specific plastic parts

Supermarket shoppers are all familiar with them: practical trays from which beverage bottles can be removed quickly and easily. They allow for efficient, space-saving, and safe transport of bottles and save supermarket employees the time-consuming task of putting them on the shelves. Taking a further step towards sustainability, Rauch Fruchtsäfte will in future be using beverage trays made of recycled material – the new trays are made of 70% recycled PET.

Waste acquires new value

Material taken from yellow bags is used for the beverage trays. In the course of a project, it was proven that r-PET flakes can be produced from post-consumer material by means of thorough pre- and postsorting followed by shredding and washing. From these flakes, a PET film (70% recycled material) is subsequently extruded, which is then thermoformed into r-PET trays by the Greiner Packaging business unit Greiner Assistec. In terms of quality, the recycled trays are in no way inferior to beverage trays made of new material.

Promoting independence from the PET bottle flow

The r-PET flakes are produced from input materials other than PET beverage bottles, such as cups, tubs, and trays. The project thus shows that it is possible to establish alternative PET value flows. After all, to produce packaging from recycled PET, the plastics industry today mainly uses r-PET flakes obtained by recycling PET bottles. This “bottle flow” is already well-established. The potential for recycling other PET packaging from the yellow bag, on the other hand, is not yet being exploited to any great extent. However, the aim is to establish corresponding recycling streams on a large scale in the future.

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