The novel washing and sorting process is designed to enable packaging waste from the yellow bag or yellow garbage can to be processed separately according to color and material homogeneously. The recycled plastics are reportedly comparable to virgin materials and could be used for detergent or cleaning agent packaging, for example. According to the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), around 23,000 metric tons of recyclates can be recovered annually using the new process, which also significantly reduces material losses and water consumption, which arise when cleaning the waste, it adds. In addition, the process innovation would save up to 33,100 metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year in the treatment of 35,0000 metric tons of plastic waste. The process, BMU hopes, can also be adopted by other companies involved in the processing of plastic waste. Kunststoff Recycling Grünstadt, which was founded in 2018, says it employs 18 people at its site in Grünstadt, Rhineland-Palatinate, and generated sales of 5.7 million euros in 2019. Shareholders are Meinhardt and Prezero, each with a 50 percent stake.
- Euwid Recycling und Entsorgung 28/2021 (13.7.2021)
- BMU (9.7.2021)
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