The Austrian manufacturer of plastic packaging solutions is securing further the long-term supply of food-grade PET recycling material (rPET) by expanding its recycling plant in Radomsko, Poland.
Alpla is investing around eight million euros in a new state-of-the-art extrusion line. Ten years after its opening, the PET Recycling Team (PRT) Radomsko will become one of the largest recycling plants for this material in Europe with a production capacity increasing from from 30,000 to 54,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET pellets per year.
“Alpla stands for sustainable packaging solutions made of plastic. As a system provider, we develop products optimised for recycling, process high proportions of recyclate in production and take care of efficient recycling. With our global focus on recycling and our commitment in Central and Eastern Europe, we make a significant contribution to the regional bottle-to-bottle cycle,” explains Dietmar Marin, Alpla Managing Director Recycling Division.
With the expansion of the site in Poland, Alpla is creating the basis for meeting the European Union requirements that all PET beverage bottles should contain at least 25 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR) material by 2025.
“With this investment we are targeting the Polish market in particular and ensuring that sufficient rPET is available to our customers,” adds Beata Szynkiewicz-Razik, Commercial Director of PRT Radomsko.
Alpla invests around 50 million euros annually in the global expansion of its recycling activities.
As demand of more circular solutions explodes, the global availability of rPET is a growing concern among industrials, including in the personal care sector.