UK plastic aluminium packaging recycling company Enval has announced a joint project with The Kraft Heinz Company and Sonoco.
Known as Touchdown, the project will have an ultimate aim of developing Enval’s first recycling plants in the United States.
Enval has its own proprietary pyrolysis technology for treating low-density packaging waste into an oil feedstock to produce new plastic.
The first phase of the project will involve Enval assessing the current disposal solutions for materials used by Sonoco and Kraft Heinz during the production and use respectively of plastic packaging.
A feasibility study will be produced at the end of this phase on potential locations for future recycling plants that minimises the financial and environmental costs of transporting the materials to them.
Enval chief executive Carlos Ludlow-Palafox said: “We’re thrilled to be working with two groups as important in the consumer packaging goods and packaging communities as Kraft Heinz and Sonoco.
“We’re convinced that it is only via these types of collaborations, which involve players at different stages of the supply chain, that new technologies such as ours can be deployed quicker. We must quickly establish new and better infrastructure to succeed in reducing plastic pollution and decreasing carbon emissions.”
Kraft Heinz head of packaging growth & technology Linda Roman added: “We see a high-demand for recyclable packaging among our consumers, which matches our goal of offering more sustainable products.
“The company began a relationship with Enval in 2011 to help construct their first commercial-scale plant in the UK, and we are excited to also explore opportunities to advance packaging recycling with Enval in the United States.”