Production at the new plant built by EcoBlue, a recycler of post-consumer and post-industrial polyolefins and PET based in Rayong, Thailand, has kicked off, the company has announced.
The new facility has a processing capacity of 31,000 tons of PET per year, and will be handling up to 2.7 billion PET bottles annually. In addition, the plant will also recycle an annual10,000 tons of HDPE and PP post-consumer waste into high-grade resin for food and other applications, which will help to avoid approximately 64,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
The facility is equipped with new machinery from Starlinger and Tomra, and includes de-odourisation technology for the HDPE and PP operations. EcoBlue has also invested in 3D pure filtration technology for high-end applications such as PET film & filament yarn.
Moreover, as Thailand’s first recycling company to be granted a Letter of No Objection by the US FDA for its 3D Pure rPET for Bottle and PET Film manufacturing, and rPP & rHDPE for specific conditions of use, the new facility, also produces high-quality food-grade rPET made from 100% PCR waste, as well as food-grade rPP and rHDPE.
Circularity is an important goal for the company. The technology developed by EcoBlue makes it possible to recycle materials such as films and laminates in the recycling stream, diverting these from landfill, thus helping to reduce industry dependence on virgin feedstock.