Plastic packaging protects products and makes food last longer - that saves resources. Problems arise as soon as plastics are disposed of inappropriately and thus removed from recycling.
The packaging material, which came into force on January 1, 2019, has set the primary target of significantly increasing recycling rates. According to the will of the European Commission, from 2030 all plastic packaging on the EU market must be recyclable. Since 1989, all films extruded at Kaupert are 100% recyclable, as we only extrude mono-films from A-PET and PP.
In our production we use recyclates from the beginning, recycling shares of up to 100% are possible. Our production is waste-free, unavoidable production waste is immediately returned to production in closed circuits. The packaging produced from our films is extremely popular as a raw material for recycling. PP has a versatile use in recyclates and is therefore the preferred material in terms of sustainability. & Nbsp; Kaupert also offers compostable and bio-based films.
Currently, the public discussion on dealing with plastics is very emotional. For example, the littering of the oceans has only a limited bearing on the situation in Central Europe. In Germany, even the most difficult to reach household is connected to a regulated disposal of waste and recyclables. Regardless, our roadsides, especially in the vicinity of fast food restaurants, are blighting, for example.
Our production of trays made from self-extruded A-PET and PP films has been waste-free since 1989. All resulting production waste, such as punched lattice waste, is returned to production in closed raw material cycles. In our production, we already achieve an average recycled content of more than 35% for both PP and A-PET films. Basically, products can be made from 100% recyclates. In order to exclude contamination of the foils we manufacture, we currently do not buy any recycled material, only recycled material from our own production is used.
Mono-films are very much in demand as a raw material for recycling. The rule is that the more transparent and brighter plastic products are, the easier they are to be recognized by sorting systems in recycling centers. We assume that in the future more transparent or lightly colored foils will be in demand, as this will increase the overall recycling rate. Why we should work to increase the recycling rate of plastics significantly, shows the comparison of the carbon footprint (CO2 consumption) of paper with A-PET.