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EcoCortec pioneers global recycling: Launches new partnership with first delivery of plastic waste for quality reuse

By EcoCortec   

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EcoCortec® is pleased to announce that it has closed another plastic recycling loop with the first delivery of plastic waste from its customer Jakob Schober GmbH (Waldorf, Germany) to Beli Manastir, Croatia. This signals the start of a new recycling partnership between EcoCortec® and Jakob Schober to recover plastic scrap and incorporate it back into quality finished goods. The initiative comes at a time when Europeans and the world are increasingly looking for ways to be more sustainable. It is a powerful example of how EcoCortec® is helping to make the “circular economy” a reality at the level of a direct customer-manufacturer relationship.

Circular Economy Challenges
Talking about the circular economy is much easier than making it happen. According to the UN, 46 per cent of plastic waste ends up in landfills, 22 per cent ends up as litter, and less than nine per cent actually ends up recycled. Why is it so hard to capture and reuse this plastic waste? Among the challenges are collecting material after it has been sent around the world and finding a consistent supply of recycled content within strict cleanliness and quality requirements. These issues can make it difficult for manufacturers to turn used packaging into anything more than cheap garbage bags.

Overcoming Recycling Barriers
EcoCortec® does not let these barriers stop them from pursuing and implementing a circular economy in the VCI films market. First, EcoCortec® introduced VpCI®-126 PCR in early 2023. This version of Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibiting film contains 30 per cent post-consumer recycled content (PCR) sourced from a recycled raw material supplier that follows strict quality standards. Eco-conscious customers like Jakob Schober intentionally order VpCI®-126 PCR to achieve a better environmental footprint.

Onsite Reprocessing Facility
EcoCortec® is able to go above and beyond simply producing film with PCR content, thanks to its onsite recycling facility, where EcoCortec® can reprocess both post-consumer and postindustrial scrap. Jakob Schober naturally ends up with much of the latter as it creates 3D bags from both VpCI®-126 PCR film and regular plastic film for their export packaging kits. Scrap builds up quickly, and in March 2024, Jakob Schober entered into an agreement with EcoCortec® to ship clean plastic scrap to the Beli Manastir plant for reprocessing. After further inspection at EcoCortec®, the scrap was re-granulated using state-of-the-art reprocessing equipment and tested in the lab before being used in VpCI® Film production. EcoCortec® does the same with used packaging from a local construction company and EcoCortec’s sister company CorteCros®, thus minimizing waste and expanding the use of PCR in finished goods beyond VpCI®-126 PCR film alone. The same truck that brought VpCI®-126 PCR to Schober was loaded with VpCI®-126 PCR scrap for transport to EcoCortec® 1,000 km away, resulting in additional fuel savings for a better carbon footprint as well as a circular economy.

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Pursuing Recycling Goals
EcoCortec® is on the lookout for more recycling partners who will help them increase their volume of high quality recycled content in all VpCI® Films by sending their clean post-consumer plastic waste for recycling. This will create new channels for EcoCortec® and local businesses to fulfill European and international goals such as increasing the amount of high-quality closed loop recycling, making products that can be recycled in their original markets, and reaching 30 per cent recycled content in plastics packaging by 2030.

Become Part of the Circular Economy
By not only making 30 per cent PCR film, but also receiving and reprocessing local waste materials into quality new material, EcoCortec® is well on its way to making these goals achievable for itself, customers, and local businesses. If you want to get involved in closing the loop on plastic recycling instead of just talking about the circular economy, contact EcoCortec®  today to learn more about VpCI®-126 PCR and our European recycling partnership opportunities.

Cortec® Corporation is the global leader in innovative, environmentally responsible VpCI® and MCI® corrosion-control technologies for packaging, metalworking, construction, electronics, water treatment, oil and gas, and other industries. Our relentless dedication to sustainability, quality, service, and support is unmatched in the industry. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Cortec® manufactures over 400 products distributed worldwide. ISO 9001:2015-, ISO 14001:2015-, and ISO/IEC 17025:2017-certified. Cortec® website: http://www.cortecvci.com

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