We want plastic, but we don’t want the waste. We sometimes need and want plastic for the production of our products as an optimal solution for the item. Think about the protection plastic offers for certain items and how it can prevent contamination of many products. We can take packaging for food as an example. The plastic packaging makes the food last longer and it protects the food from bacteria and humidity. It increases shelf life which in turn means a contribution to less food waste.
But what we do not want is the waste and pollution created from plastics. In the design and production process, we take sustainability into consideration. But what happens afterwards? This is where waste management comes in. There are two main methods when it comes to recycling plastics.
- Mechanical recycling is the easiest. This process collects the plastic bits and pieces and after washing it, it is melted to transform it back into raw material. This raw material can be used for a new production process. This method is very well known around the world.
- Feedstock recycling is also called “chemical recycling”. This process is rather complex. The chemical structure is modified during this process so manufacturers can reuse the materials.
At Rompa Group we recycle plastics by collecting unused plastics. Then the process of disassembly and washing of the plastics follows. At the final stage, we shred the plastic to make granulate and save it for the next project where we reuse the granulate.