German food seller Stute Nahrungsmittelwerke is increasing its environmental credentials by commissioning a PET recycling line from Krones.
The line, which Krones says will be the first PET recycling system in Germany, incorporates the SuperClean-PET-flake. It is installed on two levels and the decontamination module is placed next to existing injection-moulding machines for producing preforms.
Stute plans to feed back into its bottle production operation both PET bottles and preforms, including bottles that have already come into contact with product.
Stute says it acquired the equipment because it wanted to create a sustainable, closed-circuit process within its own production facility right from the start
“And, of course, the sector is still living under the Damocles sword of a politically inspired additional deposit on non-returnable PET,” says Krones. “This extra burden may be evaded only by a relatively high proportion of recyclate, as the PETCycle system goes to show.”