SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST B2B PET RECYCLING PLANT

visconews issue #06 · Apr 2016
extrupet south africa
The new bottle-to-bottle recycling equipment was officially inaugurated on May 11th, 2015 in Johannesburg and produces recycled resin suitable for food-contact PET packaging and the carbonated drink sector. The plant is the first in South Africa to use Coca-Cola-approved technology to produce bottles for carbonated soft drinks, making the country the first one on the continent to use recycled PET for Coca-Cola products.
Extrupet team at plant opening ceremony
Joint Managing Director of Extrupet Chandru Wadhwani (left), Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, President of Coca-Cola Southern Africa Therese Gearhart, and Joint Managing Director of Extrupet Vijay Naidoo, during the official opening of Africa’s first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant.

Extrupet’s Joint Managing Director, Chandru Wadhwani, states that the project was first conceived three years ago when its existing capacity was approaching its limit. After extensive investigation of the various options available, Extrupet chose Starlinger given their exemplary track record in having already set up plants that were actively supplying the Coca-Cola system around the world.

 

The PET recycling line, a recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+, is designed for producing food grade recycled PET pellets according to FDA and EFSA standards. The plant has a production capacity of 1,800 kg/h and will supply 14,000 tonnes of rPET resin per year to the PET packaging industry in South Africa and neighbouring countries. Quality – a key factor for food-grade rPET The high quality of the produced rPET plays a key role in obtaining food grade approvals, especially from brand owners such as Coca-Cola. Extrupet’s PET recycling extruder is equipped with an in-line quality control system that monitors the color and iV of the produced pellets. In the downstream inline viscoSTAR SSP reactor the iV level of the produced pellets is increased to the desired level. Organic and volatile components and acetaldehyde are removed, achieving excellent decontamination results. The first-in first-out treatment of both the flakes in the dryer before the extrusion process and the pellets in the continuous SSP process after extrusion ensures consistent residence time, leading to outstanding decontamination efficiency. For thorough quality control and traceability, the recycling line is equipped with an online archiving system of process data.

 

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CHANDRU WADHWANI

“We chose Starlinger given their exemplary track record in having already set up plants that were actively supplying the Coca-Cola system around the world.”

CHANDRU WADHWANI

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EXTRUPET

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