Closed-loop: the Aliplast ‘recipe’ for reusing plastic packaging

Date: 08.09.2020Source: Aliplast

A circular system that allows for the introduction of plastic materials in the recycling cycle, reducing costs and impact on the environment. Its name is ‘closed-loop’ and it has been developed by Aliplast, a Gruppo Hera company and European leader in the production of flexible PE films, PET sheets and regenerated polymers. The closed-loop system can be leveraged by companies in industries such as packaging (for food and beverage) and ceramics.

Closed-loop’s virtuous circle

Designed for the treatment of special waste, that is, waste produced by companies, the closed-loop system is a vertical process for the recovery and recycling of plastics which consists of several stages. First, the waste is collected in the customer company’s production centre, where the most suitable equipment to separate them and reduce their volume is located by Aliplast. The next stage involves transport to one of Aliplast’s processing centres (the company has several facilities in Italy and branches in France, Spain, and Poland). Here the material is selected, ground and regenerated. The finished product that comes out of the process is a material comparable to virgin plastic in terms of quality and that can then be processed to obtain flexible PE films or can be kept in granules in order to be converted at a later date, as necessary. Aliplast offers a turnkey service, taking care of the whole waste material processing cycle: from the collection of the disposed product at the customer company centre to the delivery of regenerated material.

When flexibility rhymes with quality: the example of the ceramic district

The closed-loop processes designed by Aliplast boast great flexibility, to the point of meeting not only the needs of a single company, but of a whole industrial district. An example is that of the Modena ceramic supply-chain. For product types and quality, this is a unique area in the world, with a high number of contractors who cover different process, such as the tile decoration stages. During the different phases of production, ceramic products are enclosed in inner and outer packaging, stored, and brought to the sub-contractors, where they are unpacked and, once treated, packed once again. This procedure leads to the production of high quantities of waste films that are recovered and processed by Aliplast in the region, and they are then handled by the Treviso plant. The resulting films are returned to the supply chain and used again for the inner and outer packaging of ceramics.

The benefit of working with Herambiente

The closed-loop project fits perfectly with the offering aimed at companies from Herambiente – a Gruppo Hera company and the first national provider of waste treatment – and widens the portfolio of green solutions the company offers. In addition to having a series of technologically cutting-edge plants for waste disposal and recovery, Aliplast and Herambiente work hand in hand, sharing a unique wealth of expertise in the industrial waste industry. A wealth which is made available to our customers and offers real added value. For more visit aliplastspa.com/integrated-cycle


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