Last week, PlasticsToday reported about the new recycling center from industrial packaging provider The Mauser Group, which is operated by its reconditioning subsidiary National Container Group (NCG). The new plastic recycling center in Erkelenz, Germany represents a 2.5 million Euro investment.
A Mauser spokesperson told PlasticsToday that at the new facility, the company operates grinding, washing and extruding equipment which can be operated independently.
The spokesperson described the process this way:
"The process of generating high quality recycling materials from industrial packaging starts with the right sorting and grading of the incoming empty packaging," the spokesperson explained. "Only if you start with collecting the labeled packaging itself, you are in the position to judge any risk potentially related to the packaging's former content. After grading and grinding, the second major factor is an intense flexible washing process of the grinded material. Last but not least, it is the extrusion process which significantly helps to take out potentially migrated substances which could not be removed during the cleaning process alone."
The material will be used for Mauser products. For example, following the recent inauguration of its recycling center, Mauser has introduced a new series of UN approved plastic drums made from the plastic recycling material generated from used industrial packaging.
The new Infinity Series of plastic drums produced from post-consumer resin (PCR) plastic materials will cover the open top drum design O-Top from 30 l up to 220 l capacity and the 220 l capacity tight head drum L-Ring PLUS. Designed as environmentally favorable packaging for the transportation of hazardous goods, this new drum series comes with full UN certification.
"Based on the high quality of the recycled plastic materials generated in our recycling center, we were able to qualify our new Infinity Series of open head drums for the transportation of hazardous solids up to Packing Group I," said Michael Schieck, regulatory affairs for Europe at Mauser. "Our Infinity plastic tight head drum is coming with a UN certification for hazardous liquids classified Packing Group II. The drums and the materials used to produce our new Infinity Series fully comply with the requirements lined out in DIN EN ISO 16103:2005 on 'Transport packaging for dangerous goods - Recycled plastics material'."
The new plastic drum series adds to the company's portfolio of both standard and specialty plastic industrial packaging supplied from multiple locations.
"We are proud to introduce this new drum series produced from recycled plastic materials in such a short time period after start-up of our recycling center in Erkelenz," said Mauser Group Europe product group management head Axel Schaefer.
For the first phrase, the company's regional focus will be the Benelux, German and Italian markets, but the company said it is open and flexible on any project beyond these initial target markets.
The drums of its Infinity Series come in the dimensions similar to its packaging manufactured from virgin plastic, the company stated. Mauser claims this makes it easy for customers to transition to the Infinity Series with little to no changes to their operations.