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Global Recycling Day – take advantage of the Seventh Resource!

Launched for the first time in 2018, Global Recycling Day on March 18 aims to recognize and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet.

Save the planet. Support recycling.

The motto of the Global Recycling Day initiative expresses it clearly: Recycling is essential to protect our planet and prevent the total depletion of resources. The billions of tons of waste accumulating every day worldwide are anything but worthless; on the contrary, in addition to the six existing resources - air, water, natural gas, oil, coal, minerals[1] - the recycling of already used materials represents another one: an infinite resource that can be used again and again.

Recycling as seventh resource

Also the plastics industry does not consider plastic scrap as waste but a valuable resource. No plastic product should end up in a landfill when its useful life is finished - due to their special characteristics, plastics can be recycled and turned into new products. In the case of PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is used as food packaging in various shapes because of its excellent properties, even a closed product loop is possible: The used PET bottle becomes a new bottle again. So if recycling is done correctly, there is no need to revert to the primary resource, oil.

On the right way with high-tech

For more than 30 years Starlinger recycling technology has been developing technologies and processes for the recycling of plastics. In the field of PET recycling we are one of the leading machinery suppliers: the rPET produced on Starlinger lines can be used 100 per cent in food grade applications, which has been proven by more than 50 positive EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) opinions and many FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA) approvals, as well as by leading brand owners in the beverage industry. With more than 1 million tons/year of installed rPET production capacity worldwide our customers contribute significantly to the fight against resource depletion and climate change.

A really impressive example for the implementation of a holistic recycling strategy is Invema Group in Honduras: There, recycling provides an important source of income for the people. They gather and separate the daily accumulating waste and bring it to the Invema Recycling Center, where they get remunerated for each kilogram of waste they collected. By now, a network of more than 800.000 people is making a living this way, while Invema gives new life to the materials collected, among them also PET bottles which are recycled on Starlinger lines.

Link to the video about Invema (in English/Spanish): https://vimeo.com/439786636

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[1] As defined in Recycling: The Seventh Resource Manifesto. (2018). Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). Retrieved on March 16, 2021 from www.globalrecyclingday.com/seventh-resource/