Recycle plastic waste –
Avoid microplastics and pollution in the oceans
Pollution from plastic waste is a global threat to our environment. The Melitta Group seeks to contribute to solving this problem with the Fair Recycled Plastic initiative. Working together the Yunus Social Business Fund gGmbH and our subsidiary Cofresco have set up the recycling company ‘Vishuddh Recycle Pvt. Ltd.’ in the southern Indian city of Bangalore.
New customer for LDPE
At the plant, employees will produce about 2,000 tonnes of plastic granulate annually from so-called LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) waste, which will then be used to make bin liners at Melitta. LDPE is a soft plastic that is mainly used for bags. So far, there are only a few customers for this type of plastic in Bangalore. Our company Vishuddh Recycle will be a steady customer for LDPE and this means waste collection will become more lucrative over the long term.
Recycling and cleaning process
For the recycling process, the LDPE is first sorted, then shredded, cleaned and dried in a washing plant. The shredded material is then heated and filtered in a regranulation plant to remove any remaining residues, such as printing inks. Finally, the granulate is extruded and packaged.
The used water is recycled and reused by being circulated back into the washing plant.