Alpla and PTT Global Chemical collaborate on plastic recycling plant feasibility study
From left: Supattanapong Punmeechaow, president and CEO of GC, and ALPLA Regional Manager Bernd Wachter announced the companies' plans at the Circular Living Symposium 2019 – Upcycling Our Planet in Bangkok at the end of June.
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Alpla and PTT Global Chemical collaborate on plastic recycling plant feasibility study

Companies to consider joint construction of a recycling plant in Thailand.

Austrian company Alpla and PTT Global Chemical (GC), Bangkok, say they will collaborate on a feasibility study regarding construction of a recycling plant in Thailand. The companies announced the plan at the Circular Living Symposium 2019 – Upcycling Our Planet in Bangkok at the end of June.

Alpla produces custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and molded parts at 178 sites across 46 countries. The packaging is used for food and drinks, cosmetics and personal care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants. The company also operates its own recycling plants, PET Recycling Team with sites in Austria and Poland, and in joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. Alpla has been cooperating with Texplast of Germany on PET recycling since July 2018.

GC serves as PTT Group’s chemical flagship. The company says it has committed to the principles of the circular economy to optimize resources. Examples of its commitment include developing bioplastics and implementing effective waste management systems, according to the company.

“GC will work with Alpla to conduct a study on investing in the first high-quality circular plastic recycling plant in Thailand, including materials such as rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) and rHDPE (recycled high-density polyethylene). We will make a decision in the third quarter of this year after reviewing the results of the study,” says Supattanapong Punmeechaow, president and CEO of GC.

Demand for recycled plastics is growing, the companies say, including in Southeast Asia. “In particular, excellent quality of recyclates plays a big role,” says Alpla Regional Manager Bernd Wachter. “We have expertise in the manufacture of food-grade recyclates, and we are experts in the processing of these materials into new packaging. Together with GC, we could implement a flagship initiative for the country and the entire region.”

In 2018 Alpla signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, an initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the United Nations Environment Programme. Alpla set a target to expand its recycling activities, with an earmarked investment of 50 million euros. Moreover, all packaging solutions should be fully recyclable by 2025. The volume of processed postconsumer recycled materials is to rise to 25 percent of total material usage, the company says.