Der Grüne Punkt - 31. January 2020

Insight into plastics recycling

Students of IKV (Institute for Plastics Processing) at the RWTH Aachen University visited Systec Plastics in Hörstel.

Students of IKV Aachen visit Systec Plastics GmbH

Deep insight into the production of new plastic from collectec household packaging waste: Students of the IKV Institute of Plastics Processing of the RWTH Aachen University visited Systec Plastics in Hörstel. The participants, who as master students have a very good knowledge of plastics processing, were especially interested in the opportunities offered by plastics recycling.

Systec Plastics in Hörstel produces up to 19,000 tons of recycled polypropylene (PP) annually. The raw material for this is sorted PP packaging waste from the Yellow Sack and the Yellow Bin, by which household packaging waste made of plastics and metals is collected in Germany. During the extremely lively discussion, the focus was on the influence that packaging design and composition, additives and machine technology have on the recyclability of plastics, as well as on the overall market for recycled plastics.

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