Case

Changing plastic household waste to high quality recycled granulate

Challenge

In Denmark alone, approximately 350,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated annually, where household plastic waste is estimated to comprise approximately 120,000 tonnes of this figure. A challenge in recycling this has been that the collected plastic waste generally consists of both recyclable plastic and unrecyclable plastic with e.g., remnants of previous content food or other.

Solution

To meet this challenge, Scandinavia’s largest company within plastic regeneration, Aage Vestergaard Laren, has created a machine and a process, where collected plastic, both recyclable and soiled, is cut into small pieces and conveyed into the machine that rinses and separates the plastic through density sorting. One type of plastic recycled here is polyethylene (PE), the most widely used type of plastic that has its primary use in packaging. Another is polypropylene (PP) that has a high chemical resistance, primarily used in medico and clothing industry. The rinse and separation of the plastic fractions makes the high quality regrind readily usable for new plastic-based products. A full production line will be completed in 2021 with a capacity to receive 4,000 tonnes/year of PP and PE, from pre-sorting facilities across Europe.

Results

It is estimated that the 4,000-tonne capacity will save the environment from 9,600 tonnes of CO2, compared to using virgin plastic.

About author

Aage Vestergaard Larsen is the largest company in Scandinavia when it comes to reprocessing plastic waste. We have more than 45 years of experience in reprocessing and recycling plastic for industrial use. AVL is one of the most knowledgeable companies of its kind when it comes to recycling plastic in general. Our core competence is production of raw materials based on recycled plastic. Our technologically advanced machinery, combined with a well-equipped laboratory and of course our well-educated staff, ensures a consistently high product quality. We are specialized in regenerating, shredding, milling and compounding of plastics. Not only do we process all usual types of thermoplastics such as PP, PE, PS and ABS, but we also process the more technical types of plastics such as PA, POM, PET and PBT. Our primary objective is to be in a constant development and at the front of any new initiative – To ensure a consistent high quality. You are more than welcome to visit our website www.avl.dk or call us for further information

Primary contact
Britta Fischer Mogensen

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