START BURKINA FASO
Our equipment has arrived in Burkina Faso and production will be started.
START PLASTIC RECYCLING TANZANIA
September 16, 2019
Plastic Recycling Tanzania Ltd has been incorporated and registered with the Tanzanian Investment Center. The construction of our production location in Dar Es Salaam has started.
NEW PARTNER IN BURKINA FASO
August 20, 2019
With proud Plastic Recycling Africa announces to have concluded an exclusive cooperation agreement with REPET sarl in Bobo Dioulasso. "We are very exited and look forward to this partnership" says Arnaud Traore, the CEO of REPET sarl.
R-PET IMPORTS CAN BRIDGE THE EUROPE COLLECTION SHORTAGE - DISTRIBUTOR
12 March 2019
AMSTERDAM (ICIS)--The structural undersupply of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) available for the packaging sector will necessitate imports from outside of the EU, according to Raffi Schier, European director at Bantam Materials International, on Tuesday
Schier, speaking at the ICIS PET Value Chain conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, quoted from ICIS analysis showing that current collection volumes are only enough for packaging and beverage companies to include just 16.08% R-PET content across the industry.
“If we have 16% supply… how do you bridge that gap? You bridge it with non-EU material,” Schier said.
On the back of expected shortages in the R-PET flake market during the second quarter when the peak packaging season typically begins, resulting from a raft of brand-commitments to minimum R-PET content in recent months, several flake buyers are actively investigating importing from overseas markets – in particular North Africa, Middle East, and the UK – to make-up anticipated shortfalls.
For food-grade pellet buyers, however, traceability requirements for EU food-contact certification make importing material from overseas to counterbalance any shortages problematic.
“One of the easiest ways [to provide traceability] is to have a barcode and you can have traceability throughout the system. [European] recyclers do not do that,” Schier said.
He went on to talk about the stigma of using non-EU material, and how using material from smaller developing countries where the recycling system is controllable and quality can be ensured could provide a solution to shortages.
“There is a structural undersupply of R-PET, there's also a requirement for removing ocean plastics. When you put those facts together, and if you have 5-6 suppliers, why wouldn’t one of those be non-EU?” Schier said.
Schier had earlier outlined how the majority of plastic waste entering oceans originates from the developing world and that there is a moral obligation to tackle the source of the problem.
He also argued that incentives to make deposit return schemes work in developing countries were lower than in Europe.
“It takes 10 times the incentive to get a deposit scheme somewhere like Germany to work than in a developing country," Schier said.
The ICIS PET Value Chain conference runs from 12-13 March.
LAUNCH OF GLOBAL ALLIANCE TO END PLASTIC WASTE
January 16, 2019
ADDRESSING AN ISSUE OF GLOBAL PROPORTIONS
Plastics have helped improve living standards, hygiene and nutrition around the world, especially in developing countries. Rapid increases in incomes and prosperity have brought many of the conveniences of modern life. But used plastics have become a global environmental challenge. The Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that includes companies that make, use, sell, process, collect, and recycle plastic. The members have committed to US$ 1.5 billion for solutions to help end plastic waste.
The following companies are the founding members of the Alliance: BASF, Berry Global, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, Clariant, Covestro, Dow, DSM, ExxonMobil, Formosa Plastics Corporation USA, Henkel, LyondellBasell, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Mitsui Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, OxyChem, PolyOne, Procter & Gamble, Reliance Industries, SABIC, Sasol, SUEZ, Shell, SCG Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical, Total, Veolia, and Versalis (Eni).
SOUTH AFRICA'S COCA-COLA AIMS TO RECYCLE 100% OF ITS PLASTIC WASTE
Oktober 18, 2018
Coca-Cola produces 800 million plastic bottles every year. Once the fizzy drinks are consumed though, the bottles are often strewn on the streets and in landfill sites. Over the years, Coca-Cola has invested heavily in recycling. Today, sixty five percent of all its plastic bottles are recycled. The soft drinks giant is aiming for one hundred percent. Sumitra Nydoo visits a bottling plant in Johannesburg to see how it works.