The 27th of April we will be celebrating the birthday of our King, Willem Alexander van Oranje!
The Netherlands will be one big party. Children on the streets, trading in secondary materials. We do not want to compete with them! We therefore will not be present in our offices but are enjoying the party, drinking “Oranje Bitter”, wearing orange clothes and decorations.
We will be available the next Thursday (please not to early 😉) for all your questions.
Dutch PET Recycling BV (DPR) is a plastic recycling company with a focus on recycled PET bottles/flakes (RPET). From our social responsibility point of view, contributing to solving global pollution has a high priority. Dutch PET Recycling connects local recycling companies with the demand from the circular plastic industry. With over 30 years of experience in recycling, a huge network and knowledge base in secondary raw materials has emerged. Headquartered in the Netherlands, and with global partners and local agents, we are serving customers worldwide.
The vast majority (80%) of plastics that pollute oceans originate from land. Needless to say, it is easier and cheaper to collect these plastics before they end up in the oceans, than once they have sunk to the bottom of the oceans or are dispersed as a soup of micro-particles for the plastics that remain floating. It is therefore logical and important that we focus our efforts on removing Ocean Bound Plastics from the environment before it is too late.
To reinforce this commitment, Control Union (CU) has set up the OBP certification program together with NGO Zero Plastics Oceans. Detailed information can be found here and on https://www.obpcert.org/.
For Dutch PET Recycling, certification means that all the conditions for the quality mark have been met enabling DPR to sell their products with the claim “OBP certified”. And also that, together with our successful certified suppliers we can cover a large part of the chain.
But there is more:
The added value of OBP certification lies mainly in the transparency of the entire recycling process. The new end product or the new raw material for a producer can be demonstrably traced back to the moment it was collected as waste, before it threatened to end up in the ocean.
The sad images of the ‘plastic soup’ are in everyone’s mind. Fortunately, there are good initiatives to clean it up. By preventing plastic from disappearing into the ocean in the first place, the time will come when the oceans will be clean and remain so. Contributing to improving the environment appeals to everyone. Both consumers and producers that work with OBP material also want to be associated with it.
The added value extends throughout the chain. From a better infrastructure for solid waste management, major benefits for the local economy and public health, to better working conditions for the collectors of the waste.
There is also added value in being certified by Control Union. CU is a global company that is independent of any other company in the entire process. The OBP certificate is therefore, provided the audit has been passed successfully, an irrefutable proof of transparency and professionalism. The assessment criteria are tough and contribute to further awareness of a transparent process, a higher quality level and the right to use the OBP logo.
Dutch PET Recycling is proud of the certification it has achieved!
Dutch PET Recycling is proud to announce that they have become the first Dutch Company that is OBP certified. Together with one of our suppliers we are now able to deliver Ocean RPET. Each step of the process is transparent, traceable and verifiable. From collecting used bottles till delivering Ocean RPET Flakes on your front door!
Ocean Bound Plastic is indirectly defined by the publication of Jenna Jembeck et al. in Science on 13th February 2015. In general one can say that Ocean Bound Plastic is a plastic waste that is not collected correctly and is abandoned in the environment where it will be transported to the ocean either by rain, wind, tides, river flow or floods.
The OBP Certification Program was developed by the NGO Zero Plastic Oceans in collaboration with the certification group Control Union. They are an independent and worldwide certifier on OBP!
The OBP Certification Program is designed to encourage the removal of Ocean Bound Plastic from the environment by adding value in effectively collecting and treating it before it reaches oceans. That is why Dutch PET Recycling is proud to contribute to a coherent global action against Ocean Bound Plastic and preventing Ocean Plastic.
DPR is closely cooperating with sister company Plastic Recycling Africa in baling and distributing PET Bottles. Having set up plants in Burkina Faso, Tanzania and with partnerships in Zimbabwe and other countries in development, we are still expanding our possibilities at the African continent.
Shipments from our local plants in Burkina Faso and Tanzania are up and running. Our partner Plastic Recycling Africa is the official distributor. It all started some years ago in sharing knowledge about recycling with some relationships in Africa.
Besides the plants in Burkina Faso and Tanzania, we are also closely cooperating with an existing plant in Zimbabwe. In this way we are expanding our ambitions to provide customers with PET Bottles, Flakes, Pellets and byproducts.
Dutch PET Recycling Team wishes you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2022
2021 was a year in which the ability to puzzle became an important asset. Markets were extremely volatile. Plastic recycling became much more prominent while logistics turned out to cause a lot of headaches. Focusing on the long term, while struggling with daily issues, we expanded our global network. We succeeded in finding new committed sources from bottles to flakes by starting several new joint ventures. New customers discovered our capabilities. The ability to supply Ocean Bound Plastic turned out to be a promising new marketing tool. By all in we are looking to a promising New Year, despite the current new wave of Covid.
Dutch PET Recycling Team wishes you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2022.
Coffee milk producer Friesche Vlag is switching from its single-use glass coffee milk bottles to recycled PET bottles. These rPET bottles feature a sleeve with ‘zipper’ that allows consumers to easily remove the label from the bottle so the bottles can be recycled.
‘Replacing single-use glass, a material we’ve all been recycling for years, with plastic can feel like the wrong move,’ says R&D director Patrick van Baal.
‘We know that the carbon footprint and fossil resource use of our recycled PET bottles is significantly lower than the single-use glass bottles we were using.’
In addition, the recycled PET bottles are not breakable, easy to open and pour better. It is our ambition to become fully circular with the smallest possible impact on the climate. With this introduction we are taking another good step towards our goals of using circular packaging with the lowest possible carbon footprint.’
Cap and label
The rPET bottles of Goudband and Halvamel consist of 100% recycled material. The cap and label are not made of recycled material. The rPET bottle (excluding cap and label) of Balance is made of 89% recycled material. Because Balance is a sensitive product, it is extra important to keep oxygen out of the bottle. To achieve this, FrieslandCampina adds a so-called extra ‘oxygen barrier’ to the bottle. This is why the bottle cannot yet be made from 100% recycled PET. We are continuing to work on improving this. All bottles are fully recyclable after the label – which is not recyclable – is removed and the cap is put back on,’ says Van Baal.
One of the objectives of FrieslandCampina’s sustainability program ‘Nourishing a better planet’ is to create better packaging that is 100% circular and CO2 neutral, and in which the company minimizes the amount of packaging material. To this end, the company has also established its goals through international and national partnerships such as the European and Dutch Plastic Pact and ‘the new plastics global commitment’ of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
In the Netherlands, finally, a deposit return system for small plastic bottles and cans will come into effect on the 1st of July, 2021 respectively 31st of December 31, 2022.
This entails a huge expansion of the current Deposit Return System (DRS) in the Netherlands. “After decades of resistance by industry, this government’s decision is great news in the fight against plastic pollution.
Currently, only plastic bottles larger than 1 liter have a deposit in the Netherlands. On the 1st of July 2021, small bottles (used for water or soft drinks) under 1 liter will come with a deposit amount of 15 euro cents. Each year, 1 billion small plastic bottles are sold in the Netherlands. Between 50 and 100 million of them end up in litter.
The Dutch authorities are also preparing legislation for deposits on beverage cans. There are approximately 2 billion cans in circulation in the Netherlands every year. And according to European Aluminium, about 82% of this is recycled in the Netherlands, or 1.7 billion. The government wants to improve this and announced that a deposit on cans will be introduced as of December 31st , 2022. Also a deposit of 15 euro cents is then charged per can.
The Netherlands is not unique in this aspect and is even a late bloomer.
Sweden, for example, has had a deposit system for the 1.8 billion cans and plastic bottles that circulate in the country every year.
Germany has probably the highest recycling rate. They have a DRS since 2003 and a 99% recycling rate.
Scotland has for example implemented an ‘all-in-DRS’. There is a 20 pence deposit on all beverage packaging from 50 milliliters to three liters. And it does not matter whether the packaging is made of aluminum, steel, glass or PET plastic.
However, by implementing a deposit on small plastic bottles and cans, the Netherlands takes a big step. The Dutch government shows that this is no time to delay or abandon our environmental ambitions. Even in difficult times it’s possible to make good policy decisions that will benefit the economy, society and the environment, rather than bowing to industry attempts to use the pandemic as an excuse for backsliding on popular initiatives.
This article gives you good examples why plastics and climate are an ideal combination. Especially using recycled PET or Food Grade pellets.
When it comes to climate change mitigation, plastics have a great story to tell.
The change will only succeed if it drives also the transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient and circular economy. For this to happen, plastics enable the innovations that are needed by a sustainability strategy – such as the European Green Deal – to deliver.
Example 1. Building & construction (renovation)
Plastics are a springboard for the renovation wave in the building sector as they enable big energy savings and are carbon efficient. Plastic insulation improves the energy efficiency of your home, which translates into a positive impact on climate.
In fact,itsaves up to 80% of your energy consumption and 250 times more energy than used to produce it.
Example 2. Sustainable mobility
You may not be aware of where plastics are used in your car, but they are doing their job for you – in car body parts, airbags, carpets, electrification, under the hood, to name but a few.
Thanks to its lightweight properties, plastics contribute efficiently to fuel savings which translate into lower CO2 emissions in diverse fields of transport, including electric mobility.
Plastics enableup to 35% fuel savings compared to components made from other materials.
Example 3. Preserving food from farm to fork
Food waste is one of the biggest challenges of our society. Plastic packaging saves food by protecting it from external factors – damage, deterioration, spoilage from farm to fork and ensuring hygiene.
Research shows that, if food were packed in a material other than plastics, the related energy consumption would double, greenhouse gas emissions would nearly triple, overall weight of packaging would quadruple, and food waste would increase.
The weight of plastic packaging has been reduced by more than 35% over a 20-year period. Lightweight packaging means lighter loads or fewer lorries needed to ship the same amount of products, helping to reduce transportation energy, decrease emissions and lower shipping costs.
Example 4. Transforming the energy sector
Plastics enable the production of clean and renewable energy as windmill blades and solar panels are made with plastics.
In a nutshell, plastics can make the difference by providing solutions for affordable renovation of households, sustainable transport, easier access to safe food, clean, reliable and affordable energy.
We would like to share some thoughts within the chemical industry on plastic recycling. It is based on an article of Joseph Chang from ICIS.
The chemical industry must accelerate investment in plastics recycling to achieve scale as activist and government pressure mounts. The pace of change is too slow. The industry has to move a lot faster before society looks to the producers as the problem and who have to fix it.
There is no technical challenge. Thermodynamics – the science behind the process – is sound. There are plenty of prototypes, catalysts and small-scale but fully developed chemical recycling processes that can convert plastics to pyrolysis oil, and this can then be used to make pellets.
The real challenge is an economic solution and an infrastructure to collect the plastic waste, sort it and bring it into the process. Activists and industry have to come together to solve this. Also public policy has to play a role. Some kind of fund has to be established so that consumer behaviour can be changed to collect these plastics and bring them to recycling locations. The industry thinks it has a lot of time to solve this problem. But something has to be done rather quickly. Likely public policy will force action, restricting the sale and export of virgin plastics. That would be an option – basically don’t allow exports unless the pellets have a recycled content of at least 30%!
Another challenge is the social impact in local municipalities. Companies and governments must also consider the social impact of waste collection and plastics recycling. Having large-scale chemical recycling facilities where plastic waste is directed to may not be feasible. Building an ecosystem can technically be done. But is it also possible to influence consumer behaviour in less than a year?
The whole original article by Joseph Chang, 13-Apr-21, can be read on www.icis.com (News/Insight & Analysis).
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