The challenge: plastic packaging manufacturers as an active part of the circular economy
An example from the field of plastic packaging shows that especially the distributors and manufacturers of such packaging who see it as their duty to make their contribution to the circular economy and thus to environmental protection and resource conservation. The aim is to use recycled PET material in the production of PET beverage packaging and to continuously increase its share. When using recycled PET, purity is the decisive factor. Only pure and highquality recyclate can be used for a wide range of new products and especially for beverage packaging.
The solution: rPET pellets of the highest quality for use in the food sector
Austrian beverage producer Steinrieser and the newly founded Austrian-Croatian trading company for beverage production KIS pica d.o.o. have joined forces to set up a PET recycling plant in the Donja Dubrava region of Croatia to reprocess disposed plastic bottles. The PET recycling plant REKIS d.o.o. produces up to 18,000 metric tons of high-quality rPET pellets annually, which is then reused for the production of beverage bottles. In Croatia, plastic bottles are collected via the existing deposit system, but also via municipal collection points. In addition, REKIS sources collected plastic bottles from Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The material is delivered pressed into bales, separated and forwarded via an eddy current separator for separation from aluminum cans. In order to obtain pure PET material for use in the food sector from the plastic bottles processed in this way, a multi-stage sorting process follows. At REKIS, multisensor sorting systems from Sesotec are used to reliably separate plastic bottles and, in a further step, plastic flakes by type. This is the prerequisite for obtaining high-quality rPET pellets.