A holistic approach
Published on: 2014-09-17
Description: Through a special recycling process, non-woven, woven or textile lamination are separated from sheets made from soft PVC.
Through a special recycling process, non-woven, woven or textile lamination are separated from sheets made from soft PVC.
Then it separates the different materials from each other to turn these into sustainable raw materials for production purposes. Their main PVC-P (plasticised PVC) products include floor screed films, insulation mats, sound absorbing foils and damp-proof wall barriers.
Caretta (www.caretta-folie.de) has chosen the path of a direct partnership with the German plastics processors' associations and industry, and together found a way to recycle plastic waste materials up to 100%.
The company's Managing Director, Patrick Fertich, decided to begin producing PVC-films from recycled PVC-P.
Approximately 2,500 tonnes of hard to separate soft PVC material, lined with fleece, woven fabric or polyester, are returned to the production cycle each year.
The plastic waste material is collected directly at the point of origin and subjected to mechanical processing. Recyclable materials clad with fleece, fabric or textiles are poured into a shredder from above and chopped into sections approximately 4 - 6 cm long. The system is geared to deliver 1,000 kg of output per hour. The shredded sections are then processed into granulate via a conveyor belt that is coupled to the volume intended for further processing. The screen used determines the grain size.
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