Recycling plastics – Resource efficiency with an optimized sorting method

Recycling plastics – Resource efficiency with an optimized sorting method

In Germany alone, two and a half million tons of plastic packaging land in the yellow trash can. German households pre-sort their garbage into four separate trash cans; yellow for plastics, brown for compost; blue for paper and black for non-recyclables. Since the various plastics are very difficult to separate from one another, most of the material is utilized for energy.

The film from VDI Resource Efficiency Center, Recycling plastics – Resource efficiency with an optimized sorting method depicts an improved sorting and processing method for valuable plastics, bringing the plastics life cycle full circle.

MEILO, a company in Gernsheim located in southern Hesse, sorts plastic trash from the yellow barrels in 30 repetitive sorting processes until the maximal purity of variety has been attained. Plastics are first separated according to size and then subjected to an air separator. In the following step, a near infrared scanner scans the plastics on the conveyor belt as they pass, communicating to a compressed air jet at the end of the conveyor belt which plastics are recyclable. Finally, the compressed air jet blows these material aside. Thus, varying plastics are sorted by an up to 98% purity of variety. In addition to the three major valuable plastics, HPDE, PP and PET, four other well-recyclable plastic varieties are gleaned from the river of trash.

At Systec Plastics GmbH in Eisfeld, Thuringia, the plastics sorted by MEILO GmbH are further processed to produce a premium commodity for the plastics industry. Here, plastics are shredded and cleansed. Repeated circuits beneath a near LED scanner sort the plastic flakes according to color before they are melted and once more filtered. The 99% pure granules are then filled into containers and transported.

Werner & Mertz GmbH, manufacturing laundry detergents and cleaning supplies, uses Systec Plastics GmbH granules to produce their packaging bottles. The granules are easily processed in Werner & Mertz GmbH’s standard production plants in Mainz. Their HDPE bottles and PP twist-off lids are made of 100% recycled plastics from the yellow trash can. Their PET bottles are composed of 20% recycled PET from yellow trash cans and 80% recycled plastic from deposit bottles.

The plastic life cycle comes full circle, the raw materials are recovered.
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Note:
Unfortunately, a mistake crept into the final overview table of the savings (15:25 min.). We apologize for this. The correct value: 4,168,000 kg CO2 equivalents per year are saved when using PET bottles made of 100% recycled material compared to conventional PET bottles (false: 12,320,490,000 kg).
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Further information on MEILO Gesellschaft zur Rückgewinnung sortierter Werkstoffe (Corporation for the recovery of sorted raw materials) mbH & Co. KG: http://www.meilo-gernsheim.de

Further information on Systec Plastics GmbH: https://www.gruener-punkt.de/en/

Further information on Werner & Mertz GmbH: https://werner-mertz.de/index-en.html

Comprehensive resource efficiency information:
Web: https://www.resource-germany.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VDI_ZRE
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Ressource-deutschlandDe

Commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

50 Comments

  1. Brandon Howarth on November 17, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Recycle centre for Cd Dvd Cases? E-waste- E-scooters electronic bikes motorized scooters mite be banned hard for get to places if people have backpain, disabled and medical conditions? Coca cola saying it could be discontinued not sure if coke is banned but optus with hacks and 1st nov 2022 nsw australia ban on single use plastic alots changed in 2022? With single use plastic bags? Not everlasting or preserve certain things for archival permanent plastics? Reuseable plastics? Recycle plastics? And animal waste bags breakdown? Recycle, wizbin and greenwaste bin app? Green waste bag bins in certain places like near beachs?

  2. Miranda Herself on November 17, 2022 at 6:56 am

    In the rural regions of Romania, most of the people do not even have basic knowledge of what plastic pollution means. Therefore, the villages are extremely polluted especially with plastic, which will end up, on the bottom of the oceans. That affects the whole planet, not one country. The corrupted authorities, are not doing anything about it. EU knows that and all is doing is ignoring. Have a look, how polluted my village is. People throw plastic waste everywhere :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLcqONY49I8&t=737s

  3. SIMPLE BOY2022 on November 17, 2022 at 6:57 am

    sana may campany ricycle plastic waste dito sa pinas dami plastic na kung sasaan2x na tintapon dito??

  4. Achini Suriyaarachchi on November 17, 2022 at 6:58 am

    Good job

  5. IGN Sky on November 17, 2022 at 6:58 am

    7S I love this kind of Process how to help the environment I know this because I become a part of Industrial provider Thanks for the teamwork and understanding for everyone even have a different emotion

  6. Joshua McClain on November 17, 2022 at 6:59 am

    This needs to be happening everywhere in the world.

  7. kevin XZ on November 17, 2022 at 6:59 am

    osama i’ll give you alalalalala 0:00

  8. NewBootGoofin on November 17, 2022 at 6:59 am

    dang I wish people sorted better. I think I sort well. gona keep it up 🙌

  9. Simon Gardiner on November 17, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Probably a good idea just to get rid of everyday plastics like bags and needless packaging. If anyone can tell me plastics are recyclable I would like to hear from them.

  10. Vinu Cini on November 17, 2022 at 7:03 am

    informative video. in the future invest in recyclable technologies rather than wasting time and money on new plastic plants, industrial units, petrol cars and mobile phones

  11. Delfin Flores on November 17, 2022 at 7:03 am

    Love this I hope we have this in Philippines..

  12. Sertan Yilmaz on November 17, 2022 at 7:07 am

    Too bad people don’t know the reality of plastic. There is also nothing on the internet about recycling plastic. Unfortunately, not all plastic can be recycled. The amount of plastic on earth that can be recycled is 8% and of that 8% only 1% can be recycled for the 3rd time. Folks, do your research and see what happens to the environment. Plastic particles are in our blood. Your unborn child already has plastic particles running through the veins. Our oceans are being poisoned….

    Let’s all make a change together and try to make this planet a cleaner place and get rid of PLASTIC…..

    #SAFEEARTH

  13. B Sherman on November 17, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Would be cool if cleaning products could just be refilled in some place

  14. The Sauce on November 17, 2022 at 7:10 am

    what an awesome video

  15. Donna Esolen on November 17, 2022 at 7:14 am

    Yes

  16. VK YTFF on November 17, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Plzzz keep doing social care of our glob🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  17. Dr Hammad Majeed on November 17, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Textile industries details technical knowledge.
    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdTDymEAJ2_zy_8kVb7lxaFMtRJ9HJIZ7

  18. Robert Scrimger on November 17, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Getting rid of plastic garage bags would go a long way.

  19. CatoSierra on November 17, 2022 at 7:24 am

    What color are recycling bags in Germany? I didn’t catch it in the video.

  20. Sara Hani on November 17, 2022 at 7:26 am

    I hope my country somalia have this

  21. Steve Groban on November 17, 2022 at 7:26 am

    when it comes to investing what’s your say to anyone with over 100k $ looking for the best ways to invest it and as well make good earning off it?..

  22. R taylor on November 17, 2022 at 7:27 am

    actually they just burn most of what they claim to recycle.
    doubt it? follow the truck

  23. MUHAMMAD Ameen on November 17, 2022 at 7:27 am

    I satrd At A new this business but this business me not idea

  24. Dawid on November 17, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Hong ha oni się nawet nie muszą odzywać wystarczy na twarz popatrzeć i wszystko jasne 😇

  25. 77seban on November 17, 2022 at 7:31 am

    ‘Waste colonialism’: world grapples with west’s unwanted plastic

  26. kiwis eat pumpkin pie on November 17, 2022 at 7:32 am

    I do wonder how much it’s improved since then

  27. STANPAN772 on November 17, 2022 at 7:33 am

    Frosch Mainz Mombach. Super

  28. krishnendu mandal on November 17, 2022 at 7:35 am

    Hi, Currently i am near Chicago, USA. I have saved many the plastic bottles, plastic wrappers at my home. I want to recycle them. Where should I give them?.

  29. Channel 1 Texas on November 17, 2022 at 7:35 am

    It’s just so important to make sure you’re not putting non-recyclable items in the recycling. I think a lot of people suffer from wish-cycling where they think "this wrapper is plastic, it can be recycled" when usually that isn’t the case. It contaminates the rest of the recycling stream, hence why we have huge recycling sorting systems that use huge amounts of energy.

  30. Ashutosh Pandey on November 17, 2022 at 7:36 am

    How much energy is created using this process?? Is it even enough to run these machines

  31. Dawid on November 17, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Hong ha

  32. 石本聖子 on November 17, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Thank you

  33. Yuko Shima on November 17, 2022 at 7:37 am

    At 15:51 What is the CO24 savings? Is it CO2 output savings per year? If so, that’s great.

  34. Bunthoeun Nim on November 17, 2022 at 7:38 am

    It is an interesting recycling procedure. Do you mind if I would like to ask for the detail of the installment and cost?

  35. Satyam Swaroop on November 17, 2022 at 7:39 am

    Wow..
    It was really very much informative

  36. B Sherman on November 17, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Really good the mixture of real life footage with animation, the best of both worlds

  37. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY on November 17, 2022 at 7:44 am
  38. keighbabe on November 17, 2022 at 7:45 am

    If is not in a yellow bag will it still be recycled

  39. Jace Criste-Ravidaz on November 17, 2022 at 7:48 am

    I already know most people are watching this for technology or science homework

  40. Jacob Quackenbush on November 17, 2022 at 7:49 am

    I work at the the place that presses the plastic into bales, it’s interesting to we happens to in afterwards

  41. Fayaz Creations on November 17, 2022 at 7:49 am

    I got a question. Say a plastic bottle is made of these materials. Will we have any disadvantages from drinking something from that bottle?

  42. Donna Esolen on November 17, 2022 at 7:49 am

    More recycling is good thing to do and good idea for the earth 🌍

  43. Tamil Ceo - Educational on November 17, 2022 at 7:49 am

    Which country

  44. Jay Suarez on November 17, 2022 at 7:52 am

    "J

  45. sandesh shrestha on November 17, 2022 at 7:53 am

    Interesting ..

  46. Alun Raga on November 17, 2022 at 7:53 am

    i’am work ink recycling plastik PET in indonesian

  47. Funny BN on November 17, 2022 at 7:54 am

    I hope my country somalia have this

  48. Donna Esolen on November 17, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Thank you so much for showing us all we can do to help us save our planet 🌎 by recycling thank you 🙏

  49. TheSteelRodent on November 17, 2022 at 7:55 am

    the facilities have been expanded and improved a lot since this video was made, but one problem remains: very few companies are willing to use recycled plastic, so less than 20% of the collected plastic turns into new products. In Denmark stores are being pushed (through incentives) to only sell products that use recycled or fully recyclable packaging, which means a lot of things now comes in recycled plastic, even things that used to come in glass bottles or jars has switched to recycled plastic equivalents

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