Recycling plastic

The Resources

In 2009, France produced 1.65 million tons of plastic waste. 18% were recycled, and 37% were recovered for energy. The remaining 45% were sent to landfill.

Plastic bottles bale, Paprec Group

Enjeux

When compared to its North European neighbours (who recycle over 80% of their plastic waste), France clearly has a lot of progress to do. Production of plastic in France uses only 20% recycled material, as opposed to 44% in glass and 60% in paper and cardboard.
 
Yet 1 ton of recycled plastic saves 830 litres of oil.

Recycled plastic pellets, Paprec Group

The Process

There are 5 main types of recyclable plastics: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and polypropylene (PP).
 
Once collected, plastic waste is sorted into these different types, baled, then transported to treatment plants to be cleaned, rinsed, dried, sifted, and regenerated to form pellets. 

Our Contribution

With 200 000 tons of plastic recycled and treated in 8 specialized facilities, Paprec is France’s premier plastic recycler.
 
Pilot facilities, cutting-edge equipment, complex processes, certified materials… the Paprec Group has become an expert in the field of thermoplastic regeneration, all thanks to innovation.

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