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Krones to install recycling module at PET recycling plant

By Canadian Packaging staff   

Automation Sustainability Bottling Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH Krones MEG Mitteldeutsche Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH & Co. KG

New recycling equipment grinds glass bottles into flakes.

Krones has been awarded the installation of a module that grinds bottles into flakes, and of a washing module at the Mitteldeutsche Erfrischungsgetränke GmbH & Co. KG (MEG) facility in Germany. MEG is a soft-drinks producer, and Germany’s second-largest beverage producer with domestic sales of more than 25 million hectolitres, and also exports its wares throughout Europe.

The intensive and technologically sophisticated washing process implemented in the Krones system was, for MEG, one of the key elements for assuring top-class flake quality.

Since 2010, MEG has taken back the deposit-bearing, non-returnable bottles from the DPG system (German deposit system; Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH) handed in at Lidl and has been having these processed into regranulate at its own recycling plant and at various contract recycling companies.
Needless to say, this regranulate has to meet the most stringent of quality stipulations. So as to be able to increase regranulate quotas still further, MEG is building another recycling plant near Aachen, Germany.

MEG also appointed Krones as the vendor responsible for the interfaces to the upstream and downstream process steps, in view of Krones’ extensive experience in completing turnkey projects.

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