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November 10, 2018

In order to establish a sustainable circular economy, it is necessary to develop perfect recycling solutions. However, this involves more than developing a technical solution for the recycling of waste – even if this is the heart of the system. It is just as important to be able to deliver the recycled material optimally to the customer. This means that the right quantity must be available at the right time and in the right quality. This means that the production and supply chain also plays a decisive role in the environmental service branch. The range of materials available for plastics recycling from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is increasing. In the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group, for example, a sustainable supply in this area is ensured as the supply is constantly replenished. At the MGG Metran and MGG Polymers plants, employees use innovative processes to carry out „urban mining“ – and that protects the environment and nature. For example, the production of PCR plastics (PCR = Post Consumer Recycled) can save up to 90 percent of energy and water compared with virgin materials. CO2 emissions are also reduced in this comparison, namely by three to four Metric Tons of CO2 per Metric Ton of PCR plastic produced.

PCR plastics for world market leader

For MGG Polymers customers, i.e. manufacturers of durable products, this means that they receive sustainable plastics from the MGG Polymers plant. This can be used to manufacture „green“ products that promise good prospects of success on the market from the ever-increasing number of environmentally conscious consumers. In addition, PCR plastics are already reaching the quality of virgin plastics. The high-quality plastics from MGG Polymers are therefore in high demand in industry.
One example of this is the world’s leading stamp manufacturer Trodat: the Austrian company relies on recycled plastics from the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group for its climate-neutral stamps. For Andreas Poimer, International Marketing Manager at Trodat, the calculation works: „We use up to 65 percent post-consumer recycled plastics for some of our models. This material has much smaller CO2 equivalents than the new virgin plastic material. Our stamp Printy 4.0 causes up to 49 percent less CO2 than its predecessor and a smaller design“.

All possibilities in the delivery process

To ensure that manufacturers like Trodat receive the ideal quantity of recycled plastics, they are available in various packaging sizes for delivery: from 25 kilo sacks and big bags to silo or sea container deliveries. The Müller-Guttenbrunn Group even organizes optimized logistics concepts so that customers no longer have to worry about having the right quantity of plastics in stock. Since perfect plastic quality is also crucial for product manufacturers, MGG Polymers ensures the best quality assurance for durable products. Each batch is rheologically, physically and chemically analyzed to ensure REACH/RoHS compliance. All information for each PCR plastic produced can be found in separate product sheets. For this purpose, reserve samples and data are stored for at least seven years so that they can be accessed at any time. With this comprehensive delivery and extra service, MGG Polymers is definitely taking another important step towards recycling management.

Here is a brief interview with Trodat