Recycling of food packaging with Schoeller Allibert


Recycling of food packaging with Schoeller Allibert
Monday, July 21, 2014Description :
The agro-food industries and GSAs, the daily users of reusable plastic packaging, can now recycle their used packaging in new bins, pallets and pallets suitable for direct food contact thanks to the new recycling process developed by Schoeller Allibert, and has been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The approved Schoeller Allibert process involves recycling and injection processing at several sites: Murcia in Spain, Monheim in Germany and Hardenberg in Holland. Other sites are being certified.

The certified process that covers the recycling of packaging originally made from HDPE and PP guaranteed direct food contact transformed into direct food contact recycled packaging has been developed to help GMSs and LPNs cope with the growing legal requirements of Sustainable development and environmental protection.

Traditionally, used or damaged plastic containers were recycled for other uses but could never be reintroduced into the food supply chain since recycled plastic was no longer suitable for direct contact with foods such as fruits and vegetables. Vegetables, meat and fish, breads and viennoiseries.

Ludo Gielen, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer of Schoeller Allibert, explained the process: "When food bins arrive at the end of their life, they can be sent to one of our three EFSA approved recycling sites. Used in a distribution circuit, closed exclusively for food, trace and under control, we can recycle and re-inject reusable containers made of HDPE and PP into food contact. "
Upon receipt, the used packaging is inspected and then ground into flakes which are then washed and dried before being transferred to the injection workshops.

They then start a new life as new food bins, meaning that our LPN and GMS customers can replace their former damaged packaging fleets with a new, more efficient fleet without generating pollution or waste. In addition to helping to reduce their carbon footprint, our customers are making substantial savings as no virgin material is used. Sustainability is accompanied by increased profitability.

During the injection process, the flakes are heated to temperatures up to 250 ° C, which eliminates the risk of microbiological contamination. No chemical additives are added at any time during the process, guaranteeing quality and hygiene Of the finished product.

This approved recycling process EFSA is a Schoeller Allibert innovation that was also the first packaging manufacturer to calculate and have an independent LCA (full life cycle) analysis of certain bins (Maxinest). This study has shown that the carbon footprint of this product is on average 68% lower than that of the carton: Only 26Kg CO2 for each Maxinest _ When recycled materials are used, this footprint is even lower.

Ludo Gielen adds, "Now that our sites are licensed, we are able to offer LPN and GSA packaging that meets both sustainable development needs and the strictest standards of hygiene and food safety. With materials from our recycling process, comply with article 4 of the EU standard 282/2008, offering our customers a total guarantee of direct food contactability.

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