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Alpla will build a plastic recycling plant in South Africa

by | May 30, 2024

Alpla recently made the announcement that they will be building their first plastic recycling plant in South Africa. This plant will be a 35,000-ton facility and it is already in its construction phase, meaning it is sticking to the company’s goal of having it operational by 2025.

This excellent and innovative mechanical recycling plant will be around 90,000-square-metres large and the expectation is for it to produce an estimated 35,000 tonnes of recycled PET every year. At the moment, Alpla is investing 60 million euros into this new and necessary facility.

Alpla is an Austrian-based packaging manufacturer who is already successfully operating multiple PET mechanical recycling facilities. These facilities are located within Germany, Mexico, Spain, Romania, Poland and Thailand. This new plant will be in South Africa, specifically Ballito, which is a coastal town located in KwaZulu-Natal.

In order to make all of this possible, Alpla is working with Re-purpose, who are a local management company. This agreement involves Re-purpose helping Alpla to collect PET as feedstock and it also involves Re-purpose making a lot of use out of its current baling centres, whilst also creating new centres, to make it as easy as possible for people to collect PET bottles. Alongside this, Re-purpose will also play a role in assisting Alpla in creating and building a strategic supplier base for PET bottle bales and they will also help them to work with key stakeholders, with the intention of expanding Alpla’s community reach and programmes focused on separation at source. At the moment, the goal with these tasks is to contribute to the collection of 5,000 tonnes of PET on a monthly basis.

One huge extra benefit that will come with this project, is the number of jobs in KwaZulu-Natal and the neighbouring provinces that will be created. The companies hope that this plant will have a very positive effect on the community and potentially throughout the entire country. This was mentioned in a statement made by Alpla.

Managing director of the recycling division at Alpla, Dietmar Marin, commented, ‘We are thrilled to partner with Re-Purpose to accelerate our journey towards a more sustainable future. This collaboration allows us to expand our portfolio of packaging solutions made from recycled PET material, offering our customers in the region innovative alternatives that align with their sustainability goals.”

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