Reciclene SAS

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Departamento de Cundinamarca

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Colombia

Mechanical Recycling of Post-Consumer Flexible Plastics for the Food Market

Expanding the current capacity of the mechanical recycling plant for flexible plastic packaging and the sources of post-consumer recycled materials with the potential to return to primary packaging, including the food market, through upstream and downstream innovation actions, to achieve a capacity increase of 8,000 tons/year.

Said project has two complementary purposes: significantly increasing recycling and recovery capacity of flexible packaging of domestic origin, and keeping forward in achieving that more and more recycled material can be used in the manufacture of primary packaging, including food packaging. In this last sense, the research work carried out with the support of the ICIPC, allowed evaluating at laboratory scale and then at pilot scale, various decontamination and deodorization technologies such as: washing with surfactants, steam, hot air and vacuum degassing, individually and then using a sequence of processes that generate synergies attaining the best results for regulatory compliance of recycled plastics in contact with food.

From downstream innovation actions, the research results will be integrated with the current recycling line, increasing the capacity by 8,000 tons/year. For this purpose it is necessary implementing enhancements in washing process with surfactants, an automatic selection system for contaminants elimination, changing the pelletizer for a system with a superlative performance in degassing and microfiltration, implementing a pre- or post-treatment with hot air, technology that in our studies showed to be effective achieving the highest possible levels of decontamination and deodorization in flexible plastics.

Upstream innovation actions should identify and characterize sources of recyclable materials (post-consumer flexible plastics) having the potential to facilitate their reincorporation in primary packaging, including food applications, impacting the chain by training recyclers to separate the sources of interest and creating conditions that facilitate the integration of the chain, increasing the added value of the sources of recovered materials and the added value of the final product.

Lead organization region / continent
South and Central America and Caribbean
Location of future work
North America
Solution type
Sorting and Preparation
Physical Recycling