ALPLA has announced collaborating with independent consultancy c7-consult to calculate the carbon footprint of products across its four recycling facilities in Mexico and Germany.

The Austrian company currently has 13 recycling plants worldwide for producing recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and recycled high-density polyethylene (rHDPE).

All these production facilities are operated under ALPLA’s recently established brand ALPLArecycling.

The analysis, according to ALPLA, confirmed that production processes across all four rPET and rHDPE plants are ‘efficient’, with comparatively less carbon emissions than virgin materials.

The data from c7-consult showcased carbon reductions of up to 87% across these four plants.

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ALPLArecycling produces approximately 30,000 tonnes (t) of rHDPE annually at its base plant in Mexico’s Toluca, which according to the analysis produces 0.69kg of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO₂e) per kilogram of rHDPE.

This is 70% fewer emissions when compared with the HDPE virgin material’s 2.32kg CO₂e per kilogram.

The other facility assessed by C7-consult is Industria Mexicana de Reciclaje in Toluca, with an annual capacity of producing 16,000t of rPET.

It leads to only 0.38kg of CO₂e per kilogram of rPET, which is 87% less than virgin PET – 2.90kg of CO₂e per kilogram.

In Germany, ALPLArecycling operates a sorting and processing plant in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Saxony-Anhalt, which causes 0.93kg of CO₂e per kilogram of rPET. ALPLA said that this is 68% fewer emissions than virgin material.

The other German site is in Bad Salzuflen, North Rhine-Westphalia, which causes 0.68 kg of CO₂e per kilogram, which signifies a reduction of 77%.

ALPLA business development, procurement and sales, and recycling director Georg Lässer said: “The figures confirm our path.

“We produce climate-friendly recycling solutions with a regional focus and convert the material into new packaging, thereby promoting the bottle-to-bottle loop.

“In this way, we ensure there are safe, affordable and sustainable packaging solutions all over the world.”