Carbon-Black – PET-recycled 29-07-2022
Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
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Sprite is shifting from green to clear PET packaging
Sprite is making a major change to its packaging.
The Coca-Cola Company announced today that Sprite will no longer be sold in green plastic bottles, which have been a part of the soft drink’s brand identity for several decades. Coca-Cola said that the lemon and lime-flavored soda is shifting all of its PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) packaging from its signature green color to clear, starting August 1st, as part of the beverage company’s wider efforts to become more environmentally responsible.
Why is Sprite transitioning from green to clear plastic bottles?
Although green PET is recyclable, the recycled material is usually converted into single-use items like clothing and carpeting that cannot be recycled into new PET bottles. Like other colored PET, green PET is separated from clear PET during the sorting process of recycling to avoid discoloring recycled food-grade packaging required to make new PET bottles.
“Taking colors out of bottles improves the quality of the recycled material,” said Julian Ochoa, CEO of R3CYCLE, in a statement. “This transition will help increase availability of food-grade rPET (recycled PET). When recycled, clear PET Sprite bottles can be remade into bottles, helping drive a circular economy for plastic.” R3CYCLE is a plastic group working with Coca-Cola to enable bottle-to-bottle recycling across the largest U.S. bottler’s 14 state-territory.
Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, S.C.) is expanding the facilities and capacity it acquired last March via its purchase of Germany’s Zebra-chem GmbH. Zebra-chem is a specialty compounder and chemicals company that makes additive and blowing agent concentrates for polyolefins, PVC and engineering thermoplastics.
The expansion will enable Milliken to boost production capacity for the acquired Bad Bentheim plant by 60 percent by year’s end. Milliken plans to install new manufacturing equipment and hire additional employees at the plant, which will be renamed Birch I. It also built a new warehouse, called Birch II, nearby. Milliken has been a trailblazer of sustainability for more than a century, and the company’s legacy of naming locations after trees is a tribute to that core company value.
“We are seeing very strong demand from several end markets where these products are adding value, and our customer base has welcomed our broader solution portfolio,” said Milliken Sales Manager Tugce Asici-van Houselt. “These facilities will continue to serve the global market, with a focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”
The viscosity modifiers and performance modifiers made at the German plant increase melt flow of recycled PP resins with little to no loss of physical properties, enabling more recycled content to be used by the converters and brand owners without compromising overall performance.
“Milliken is known for its sustainable innovation,” notes Wim Van de Velde, Global Vice President, of Milliken’s Plastic Additives Business. “We are excited to be able to leverage its leading position in Europe to help accelerate market solutions that improve and increase manufacturing with recycled plastics. This expansion signals that the market is clearly responding.”
Origin Materials will supply ATC with carbon black produced from sustainable wood residue for masterbatch applications.
ATC Plastics, a maker of black color concentrates for the plastics industry, has struck a deal with Origin Materials, which has developed a platform for turning carbon found in non-food biomass such as wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process. As part of the partnership, ATC Plastics has agreed to purchase Origin’s sustainable carbon black.
Origin’s carbon black is a 100% bio-content filler and pigment that can be used in a range of applications, including belts and hoses, mechanical rubber goods, tires, plastic masterbatch, and toners. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
Masterbatch is a target application of the agreement, which includes co-development of carbon black for plastic corrugated pipe and plastic extrusion and molding applications.
The carbon black is produced from sustainable wood residues, reducing carbon emissions and fossil resource consumption and enabling the production of carbon-negative products, said Origin in the press release. Its technology platform can provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues, according to the company.
The global market for carbon black is projected to reach $26 billion by 2025, expanding at 6% CAGR, according to Grand View Research Inc. Plastics is anticipated to be the fastest-growing application for carbon black from 2019 to 2025 resulting from its use in the production of high-performance products.
It’s hoped that the partnership with ATC Plastics, which produces black color concentrates at silos in Houston, TX, for global distribution, will help broaden adoption of Origin’s technology platform. “We are thrilled to partner with ATC Plastics, a trusted partner and distributor to global brands with a strong track record of manufacturing excellence,” said Rich Riley, co-CEO of Origin Materials. “ATC Plastics’ manufacturing capabilities and expansive customer network can . . . help drive the ‘once in a planet’ shift to sustainable materials, including renewable carbon black across the plastic compounding industry,” said Riley. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
Despite the lower prices, buyers procured minimal volumes of resin to fill immediate needs, sensing that even steeper discounts may lie ahead.
It was a choppy week in the spot resin market, writes the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update, with resin prices continuing to slide. A substantial flow of domestic railcar offers, both prime and off grade, came to market the week of July 18. Additional slugs of material were sold at deep discounts into the Houston market, targeting exporters for incremental sales to clear large volumes of resin from producers’ bulging inventories, polyethylene (PE) more so than polypropylene (PP). The continued drop in spot pricing also comes ahead of another round of warehouse storage rate increases, providing resin suppliers with an additional incentive to reduce stockpiles. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
Sensing even lower prices ahead, buyers were cautious with their purchase orders, procuring minimal volumes as needed. Negative market sentiment and slack consumer demand has also encouraged resellers and processors to thin out on-hand stocks, creating heightened demand for spot truckloads to fill in supply gaps. The PlasticsExchange reports seeing a large range in resin pricing, with off-grade railcars still to ship selling at ever-eroding levels while prices for prime packaged truckloads available for immediate delivery remained buoyed. Meanwhile, rail logistics issues continue to dog shipments into California because of the ongoing embargo, which is set to end at the close of July.
After a pandemic-related decline last year, PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH in Müllendorf, Burgenland, has drawn a successful interim balance for 2022 with a new record value: 15,131 tonnes of PET beverage bottles were kept in the resource cycle – this corresponds to an increase of 5.3% compared to the pre-crisis level (2019: 14,329 tons). “Together with our employees, we were able to overcome the major challenges posed by the pandemic. The armed conflicts in Ukraine have once again shown us the critical dependencies and thus the dramatic developments on energy markets,” explains DI Christian Strasser, Managing Director of PET to PET. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
Archaeological discoveries during site work
In the course of the increasing demand for recyclates, the company’s property was expanded by 19,000 m² this year in order to create additional storage space at the site. Interesting archaeological finds came to light during the work. A burial ground from the late Bronze Age was excavated by archaeologists and handed over for restoration. After careful processing, the finds are to be presented to the public in a suitable manner – among other things, at the upcoming celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary in September.
Investment in PV systems
In addition to the expansion, PET to PET GmbH is also investing in energy efficiency this year. The newly created area will be equipped with a photovoltaic system. Around 12,000 m² of PV panels will be used, which in future will cover about 10 % of the required electrical energy from the company’s own production. In further expansion stages, this figure is to be further increased. In the past, the company has already relied on 100% renewable energy for the operation of its plants.
Percentage of recyclate in beverage bottles already above European target for 2030
Austria plays a pioneering role in bottle-to-bottle recycling. The majority of beverage packaging placed on the market in Austria already consists of high-quality reprocessed used beverage bottles. “We are particularly pleased that major beverage producers are already using 100% recyclate from our company to produce new bottles,” says Christian Strasser. The different use rates across all products in the market lead to an average recyclate use of well over 30%, which already exceeds the European Union’s targets (30% for the year 2030). “The PET bottle cycle in Austria is a showcase project for how high-quality packaging can be kept in the cycle and a best-practice example for many other packaging plastics,” explains Strasser. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
PET to PET expands management
Since June 2022, Mag. (FH) Thomas Billes has been part of the PET to PET management team as the new CFO. The native of Burgenland (40) graduated from a university of applied sciences in international economic relations and has already been working for the Burgenland-based company since 2010. After a short familiarisation period, he took over the tasks as authorised signatory for the areas of accounting, purchasing and sales.
During the online quality control of plastic pellets, SIKORA’s Purity Scanner Advanced ensures that only pure material enters the further production process. Even the smallest contamination is detected and automatically sorted out.
Has SIKORA made sorting smarter with its Purity Scanner Advanced technology?SIKORA
Due to the modular system design of the Purity Scanner Advanced, different camera types can be used depending on the material being inspected. In addition to optical cameras, which detect black specks and discolorations, an X-ray camera can be installed to detect metallic contamination. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
Common systems on the market have a maximum of two optical cameras, which are limited due to a relatively low coverage as soon as the contamination are outside the field of view of the installed cameras. Therefore, SIKORA offers the possibility to have a third optical camera installed, if required. This camera setting offers a significantly higher detection rate so that more contamination is detected. This is especially advantageous when the Purity Scanner Advanced is integrated directly into the production line as an inline system and multiple sorting with a typical two-camera system is not possible.
The Purity Scanner Advanced automatically sorts out the detected contamination via a blow-out unit. According to the higher detection rate, more contaminants are detected and sorted out with the three-camera setting. The optimisation of the by-catch thus becomes more important. Therefore, SIKORA developed a ‘hybrid blow-out’ feature with which the customer can define in advance which impurities in the material represent uncritical contaminations and select a smaller blow-out unit for these so that their by-catch is reduced. These include, for example, small, light-coloured black specks that frequently occur in the material. On the other hand, a larger blow-out unit is specified for critical contaminants – for example, metal contaminants that can impair the functionality of the end product. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
At a site in Ennshafen, Austria, local firm Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA, Vienna; www.ara.at), Germany’s Duales System Holding (DSD, Cologne; www.gruener-punkt.de) and Austrian environmental technology and railway logistics specialist Bernegger (Molln; www.bernegger.at) are jointly building a sorting plant for lightweight packaging.
The plant is to have annual sorting capacity of some 100,000 t, making it reputedly the largest line of its kind in Austria. The EUR 60 mn plant is scheduled to come online in 2025. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
Canadians are concerned about the impact of plastic waste and want concrete action to improve the recycling of plastics and prevent pollution. The Government of Canada is continuing to bring forward new measures to better manage plastic and move towards its goal of zero plastic waste by 2030. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced the next step in delivering on Canada’s commitments on plastic waste and pollution by launching two consultations to:
Develop rules for recyclability and compostability labelling; and
Establish a federal plastics registry for producers of plastic products.
New labelling rules would prohibit the use of the chasing-arrows symbol and other recyclability claims on plastic products unless at least 80 percent of Canadians have access to recycling systems that accept and have reliable end markets for these products. Without these features, plastic products cannot be reprocessed and reintroduced to the market as part of a circular economy. Labelling rules would also regulate the use of terms such as “compostable” and “biodegradable” on plastic products, requiring them to be certified by a third-party organization.
The new proposed regulations would also include rules requiring minimum levels of recycled plastic in certain products, on which the Government recently concluded consultations. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled
The goal is to improve plastic packaging design, inform consumer choices for the plastics they buy and how they use and dispose of them, and improve the performance of recycling systems to generate more and higher-quality recycled plastics. These measures will support both positive environmental and economic outcomes through reduced waste and pollution as well as new investments in innovation and recycling infrastructure.
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