Plastic container manufacturer Plastipak has said that it will build a new Spanish food grade PET recycling facility.
The plant will be co-located at its preform and container manufacturing site in Toledo, and will convert PET flake into food-grade recycled PET pellets suitable for direct use in new preforms, bottles and containers.
It will produce 20,000 tonnes of food grade pellet per year, and production is expected to commence in summer 2022.
This will be Plastipak’s fifth global location producing rPET including its Clean Tech facility in the UK. In Europe, Plastipak produces 130,000 tonnes of rPET and also has a HDPE and PET recycling plant in the United States.
Plastipak executive managing director Europe Pedro Martins said: “The investment in a new recycling facility in Spain will support both Plastipak and our customers in fulfilling our commitments to corporate social responsibility.
“The project comes in advance of minimum levels of recycled content mandated by the Single Use Plastics Directive, and will support brand owners to reduce their financial obligations under the planned Spanish plastics tax.”
Plastipak has a total of 40 sites in United States, South America and Europe with a total of 6,500 employees producing rigid plastic containers for the food, beverage and consumer products industries.