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Two of the major challenges that must be tackled if the plastics industry to move towards a circular model, are the recycled materials products’ design and market development. The packaging design determines the recycling level of difficulty when they reach the recycling plants. Furthermore, if there is no demand for recycled plastic material, there will be no incentive for the logistical chain of recovery.

With over 40 years-experience, the recycling company Comberplast meets both of these challenges with innovative and concrete solutions.

As for the first challenge, multilayers are currently considered problematic among plastic packings. These are usually made up of layers of different types of plastics which together, achieve certain desired packaging properties, but which at the end of their useful life are not recyclable.

The company is approaching this challenge from two different angles. Firstly, it is conducting a survey that seeks to work with the various production companies to establish in which products multi-layer is being used without it being necessary. In addition, the recycling company has developed technology and processes in order to recycle certain types of multilayers, making it possible to recycle those that are made up of different percentages of polyester and polyamides (PE and PP)

This is how Comberplast is moving forward in the reduction of problematic plastics by expanding the range of what is now considered to be recyclable, inviting industry and consumers to rethink what should be considered as the N°7-Other plastic, and changing their mindset that not all of the different materials in multilayers are not recyclable.

As for the second challenge, Comberplast is working with packaging processing companies to incorporate recycled material into non-food contact packagings, as well as promoting the development of a market for such materials by generating recycled material products used in other industries.

Such is the case of containers and pallets for the logistics industry, electrical meter junction boxes, agricultural plant covers, and even some household items such as recycling containers sold in retail. They are also making their way into other industries such as construction, mining, and fishing, among others.

This challenge has also brought the company’s work in incorporating Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in some of their products. The reason for this is that it allows the collection of information on the different products with recycled materials that return to its own facilities, and thus they are able to constantly improve the production of said products. Additionally, this technology and the information it collects, provides added value to recycled plastic composite products, making them more competitive in the market.

All of these measures reflect how Comberplast is working from different approaches in a concrete way, hand in hand with the industry to move forward towards a circular economy of packaging.

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Initiative Commitment

Dispose of single-use packaging

Take actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic containers and utensils through redesign and innovation.

100%

100% of the plastic packaging must be designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable.

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