Plastic container maker Plastipak has announced that it will build a new Spanish food-grade PET recycling facility.
The plant will be collocated at its preform and container manufacturing site in Toledo, and convert the PET flakes into food grade recycled PET granules suitable for direct use in new preforms, bottles and containers.
It will produce 20,000 tonnes of food grade pellets per year, and production is expected to start in the summer of 2022.
This will be Plastipak’s fifth global site producing rPET, including its Clean Tech plant in the UK. In Europe, Plastipak produces 130,000 tonnes of rPET and also has an HDPE and PET recycling plant in the United States.
Pedro Martins, Executive General Manager of Plastipak Europe, said: “The investment in a new recycling facility in Spain will help both Plastipak and our customers meet our corporate social responsibility commitments.
“The project precedes the minimum levels of recycled content required by the Single-Use Plastics Directive and will help brand owners reduce their financial obligations under Spain’s future plastics tax. “
Plastipak has a total of 40 sites in the United States, South America and Europe with a total of 6,500 employees producing rigid plastic containers for the food, beverage and consumer products industries.