Plastics recycling: A key success factor
Closing the recycling loop through innovation
Things are changing in packaging recycling. In recent years, plastics recycling has been subject to increasing demands throughout Europe, with the final amendment of the German Packaging Ordinance (Verpackungsverordnung) coming into effect in June 2012. By continuously developing the relevant technology, ALBA is always in a position to recycle plastics in line with existing standards. We currently operate Europe's most up-to-date plants for sorting and recycling lightweight packaging and other waste fractions.
Near-infrared technology for Germany
One of the sorting procedures deployed in the Walldürn, Leipzig, Berlin and Braunschweig plants leverages near-infrared (NIR) technology. NIR cameras scan the conveyor belts, identifying the various plastic fractions in seconds. An air jet is then used to separate these recyclable materials from each other with pinpoint precision, splitting them into different substance groups that are up to 95 per cent accurate.
Upcycling - the next big thing
From environmentally sound sorting to sustainable processing: in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany, ALBA operates a plant that mechanically recycles used plastic packaging. Here, as well as state-of-the-art sorting and washing processes, the used packaging undergoes a treatment process specially developed in-house. Using fusing and compression, the plastics are converted into an innovative resin that can be used to manufacture brand new plastic products.
We process plastics using specialist knowledge and state-of-the-art technology. Our high-quality plastic resin is proof that we always consider the full product life cycle. We'd be delighted to tell you more about ALBA and its plastic recycling technology - just get in touch.