Aliplast’s closed-loop recipe for reusing plastic packaging

Reducing cost and giving new life to plastic waste

Aliplast headquarter in Ospedaletto di Istrana (Treviso)

A circular system allows the introduction of plastic materials in the recycling cycle, reduces costs, and impact on the environment. Aliplast, a Gruppo Hera company and European leader in the production of flexible PE films, PET sheets, and regenerated polymers, has developed a closed-loop system that can be leveraged by packaging (food and beverage) and ceramics companies.

Established in 1982 and headquartered in Ospedaletto di Istrana (Treviso), Aliplast is a producer of flexible PE films, PET sheets, and regenerated polymers. From a plastic waste collection company, it has been able to widen its offerings with constant investments in research and development and state-of-the-art technology. Since 2017, Aliplast is part of Herambiente, the first national waste treatment company.

Cutting costs while giving new life to plastic waste

Aliplast LDPE

Accordinng to Aliplast, the recycling economics benefits ecosystem and economy. The adoption of the company’s circular model leads to an indefinite extension of the lifespan of plastics, promoting its recovery and limiting its release into the environment. This leads to a considerable reduction of the potential pollution caused by this material, whose perception is also transformed from problem to resource. The second benefit is economical and results from the adoption of a closed-loop process. Taking advantage of a closed-loop system allows to get the most of plastic waste while also guaranteeing the continuous availability of quality-controlled material, it said.

Closed-loop’s virtuous circle

Aliplast ClosedLoop eng

Designed for the treatment of particular waste, that is, waste produced by companies. The closed-loop system is a vertical process for the recovery and recycling of plastics, consisting of several stages. First, the waste is collected in the customer company’s production center, where Aliplast locates the most suitable equipment to separate them and reduce their volume. The next stage involves transport to one of Aliplast’s processing centers (the company has several facilities in Italy and branches in France, Spain, and Poland). Here the material is selected, ground, and regenerated. The finished product that comes out of the process is a material comparable to virgin plastic in terms of quality. That can then be processed to obtain flexible PE films or can be kept in granules to be converted at a later date, as necessary.

Aliplast offers a turnkey service, taking care of the whole waste material processing cycle — from collecting the disposed of product at the customer company center to the delivery of regenerated material.

Flexibility rhymes with quality

The closed-loop processes designed by Aliplast boast great flexibility, to the point of meeting not only the needs of a single company but of a whole industrial district. An example is that of the Modena ceramic supply-chain. For product types and quality, this is a unique area in the world, with a high number of contractors who cover different processes, such as the tile decoration stages.

During the different production phases, ceramic products are enclosed in inner and outer packaging, stored, and brought to the sub-contractors, where they are unpacked and, once treated, packed once again. This procedure leads to the production of high quantities of waste films that are recovered and processed by Aliplast in the region, and the Treviso plant then handles them. The resulting films are returned to the supply chain and used again for ceramics’ inner and outer packaging, it said.

The benefit of working with Herambiente

According to Aliplast, the closed-loop project fits well with the offering aimed at companies from Herambiente – a Gruppo Hera company and the first national provider of waste treatment – and widens the portfolio of “green” solutions it offers. In addition to having a series of technologically cutting-edge plants for waste disposal and recovery, Aliplast and Herambiente work hand in hand, sharing a unique wealth of expertise in the industrial waste industry. A wealth that is made available to its customers and offers real added value, it said.

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