DSD, ARA and Bernegger plan to build a state-of-the-art LVP sorting plant in Ennshafen.
DSD - Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG (Der Grüne Punkt), Altstoff Recycling Austria AG (ARA) and Bernegger GmbH want to make an important step for more climate protection and for achieving the EU recycling targets from the year 2025 with the transnational joint venture (Photo, from left: Michael Wiener, CEO Grüner Punkt, Kurt Bernegger, management Bernegger GmbH and Christoph Scharff, ARA chairman). The Hihgtech sorting plant for lightweight packaging being built in Ennshafen, Upper Austria, with an annual sorting capacity of around 100,000 tons, is expected to contribute to this. This is because Austria must double the recycling of plastic packaging by 2025. According to ARA, the EU recycling target is currently not achievable with the existing plants and their sorting capacities of 1,000 to 30,000 tons per year. ARA CEO Christoph Scharff explains: "Sorting plants play a key role in recycling: they decide what is available as a raw material. That is why we have decided to build our own state-of-the-art plant together with Grüner Punkt and Bernegger." This will provide Austria with the capacity and technology it needs in time for 2025, Scharff added. At the same time, the new plant is said to close a geographical sorting gap in the north of Austria, which currently necessitates longer transport routes to more distant sorting plants in Austria and neighboring countries. According to the partner companies, the investment volume in the new plant amounts to around 60 million euros. ARA and Der Grüne Punkt are to ensure the necessary capacity utilization.