Material Recycling the voice of India Recycling Industry Dec 2020 – Jan 2021
The recycling of PET bottles has gained worldwide acceptance over the past 20 years and has become a model for the circular economy in plastics. This development has been driven forward by EREMA’s bottle-to-bottle innovations. The Austrian recycling machine manufacturer has set new standards in this respect time and again, particularly with their VACUREMA® technology, which is the heart of the new VACUNITE® process. As a result, PET bottles with a high recyclate content – a feature indicated clearly on the label – are now an increasingly common sight on shop shelves. The demand for EREMA’s innovative PET recycling technologies is growing worldwide across the entire PET segment.
“Despite declining sales of beverages due to the Corona pandemic and a tense situation in the recycling industry accounted for by the fall in the price of virgin material, interest in our PET recycling technologies remains high,” reports Christoph Wöss. One of the reasons for this is the advanced technologies that combine high product safety, stable processes and cost effectiveness. Another reason is that all well-known brand manufacturers, policy makers and society in general are now committed to making plastics recycling and the circular economy work. The EU has set out its position on this topic with targets for recycling quotas and minimum recycling levels in PET bottles.
EREMA estimates the total capacity of all PET recycling machines sold to date for various applications at 2.6 million tonnes per year, with the recent trend pointing clearly towards large scale systems processing 2,000 kg/h upwards.