Packaging – the route to recycling

Capture: Consumers in Germany generally sort their sales packaging into three fractions: 1. Paper/cardboard. 2. Lightweight packaging (aluminium, tinplate, plastics, composites). 3. Glass, sorted according to colour, i. e. clear, green and brown. In paper sorting plants, the waste paper mixture is separated into the different categories before being forwarded to the paper-mills. Lightweight packaging is also separated into the different materials and consigned to the relevant industries for recycling. Glass is transferred directly from the bottle banks to processing plants where impurities are removed and the glass is crushed and sorted accurately according to colour. The glass granulate obtained in this way is used to produce new bottles and jars in the glassworks.

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Keywords: Sorting system, Sorting plants, Packaging
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