Why did Recipo decide to open a recycling facility for plastics?
We saw a need to address the elephant in the room. Plastic was not being taken care of in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner. Recipo wanted to move away from energy recovery and move up the chain of waste to a more sustainable approach: material recycling of the plastic. However, the techniques used and the competences to recycle plastics containing flame retardants and other additives, as well as to produce a high-quality material suitable to be recirculated was not widespread. Recipo decided to make an investment and through our brilliant engineers, Recipo Material developed an unique method for separating the various materials. We are currently producing four types of high-quality polymers; ABS, PS, ABS/PC and PMMA, which is being used in the production of flat screen TVs.
Our vision of a sustainable society where electronics do not become waste but are recirculated to become new products is achievable. However, our industry needs more companies setting ambitious but achievable sustainability goals.
To ensure a steady supply of recycled plastic, producers and recyclers need to work closer together. Long-term partnerships and sustainably designed products will create the needed supply to meet the growing demand for recycled plastic materials.