ALPLA buys German firm BTB PET-Recycling

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Austrian plastic group ALPLA has acquired German business BTB PET-Recycling which turns PET bottles into material predominantly used for creating new bottles.

BTB-Recycling is based in Bad Salzuflen and takes used PET bottles from Germany’s reverse vending system to turn them into a food grade rPET pellet.

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It typically processes 20,000 tonnes per year.

ALPLA Germany managing director Georg Pescher said: “By acquiring BTB, we are investing in a very structured company which has been operating successfully within the local circular economy for years and which is already supplying our preform business in Germany with rPET.

“What’s pivotal here is a functioning system comprising a bottle return infrastructure, bottle production and bottling companies in the direct vicinity of the recycling plant.”

Earlier this year, ALPLA announced it would invest €50 million (£42.6 million) per year until 2025 to expand its recycling activities.

It also announced a deal with Biffa to source rPET from Biffa’s plant in Seaham, in the UK.

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