Borealis and Ecoplast have opened a new plastic recycling plant in Austria

- Oct 12, 2019-

Borealis and Ecoplast recently celebrated the successful completion of a strategic investment at their plastic recycling site in wilton, schirill, Austria.


(from left to right)Ecoplast managing director Lukas Intemann;Raimund Woitsch, managing director of Ecoplast;Ton Emans, President of the European plastics recycling company;Wilton mayor Helmut Walch;Guenter Stephan, head of mechanical recycling at Borealis

Ecoplast processes plastic waste from home and industrial consumers into high quality recycled products, and its existing production capacity has been enhanced through ultra-modern PE film recycling lines.

The new plant has improved operating procedures and significantly increased production of recycled materials.It also means that Borealis will further consolidate its position in plastic recycling, particularly in its native Austria.

In August 2018, Borealis acquired Ecoplast KunststoffRecruiting GmbH and MTM plastics GmbH and MTM compact GmbH, Germany's largest post-consumer polyolefin recyclers.

Ecoplast, based in wilton, Austria, processes consumer plastic waste into high-quality recycled products, primarily (but not entirely) for the plastic film market.The current investment was planned before the acquisition.

The investment in Ecoplast is an appropriate response to the growing market demand for recycled materials and increases production capacity by 60%.This meets the market demand for LDPE recycling, the preferred raw material for film packaging, while ensuring the same high level of quality.

As Lucrece foufopoulos-de Ridder, executive vice President of Borealis polyolefin and innovative technologies, explains: "Borealis sees promoting a circular economy as a priority.The investment in Ecoplast is a key step towards our goal of achieving circular economy solutions and helping us move one step closer to quadrupling circular production by 2025."

The new mechanical recovery system USES fully automatic preparation and comminution processes, optimized washing techniques and improved nir classification procedures.

Different types of plastics absorb different nir waves due to their different chemical composition, so they can be classified by a highly homogeneous method.This not only reduces the amount of waste, but also increases production, making the plant more economical to operate.

Ecoplast managing director Lukas Intemann said: "Ecoplast's key capability is to convert recycled materials from heavily contaminated household and commercial waste into products suitable for thin-wall packaging.The new plant enables us to enhance our recycling capabilities in terms of both quality and quantity, enabling our customers to benefit from a significant increase in capacity and stable quality."