Working for clean oceans – Recyclate initiative at trade show in Amsterdam
Working for clean oceans
By 2050 the amount of plastic in the worlds oceans will outweigh fish if current rates of plastic disposal are continued according to data to be released trade event in Amsterdam– it’s said nine million tons of plastic trash items find their way into the sea via unsecured landfills and rivers every year.
Pressure is growing among providers of private label products for sustainable packaging (with a high share of recyclates i.e. recycled plastic)
The ECC (Ecological Cleaning and Care GmbH), of the Werner & Mertz Group and their partners are presenting their recyclate initiative promoting effective recycling through the development of sustainable material cycles in which materials from the Yellow Bag source are used. The only way to ensure plastic does not end up as waste in ocean, they claim, is when the packaging is up-cycled after use and directed into a closed-loop system.
Dr. Markus Helftewes, Managing Director of The Green Dot, plans to reduce plastic waste using a newly developed ‘Green Dot system’ – in which plastics are produced from raw materials from the Yellow Bag and the Yellow Bin schemes. He says: “This allows us to bring packaging from the supermarket shelf back to the supermarket shelf and thus close the cycle.”
Georg Lässer, Head of Corporate Recycling Services, BU ISBM & Recycling at ALPLA, added. “For many years we also have been working to improve the recycling process itself and to increase recycling rates. One example is the recently announced investment of seven million euros in the PET Recycling Team Wolfen. In the future we will process PET waste from the Yellow Bag and, among other things, use this to supply our in-house factory at Werner & Mertz. In doing so, we not only keep the raw material in a closed loop, but we also make a contribution to stemming climate change. The manufacture of recyclates emits up to 90 percent less CO₂ than the production of new goods."