Our recycling process & products: a refrigerator yesterday, a coffee maker today
At our recycling plants in Wolfern near Steyr, the plastic waste from cooling appliance processing is first shredded and washed, then the plastics are separated completely by various physical separation processes that divide them from other waste materials such as metal, wood or dust. Then, the mono-material is dried, melted in the last production step and then re-granulated using an extruder.
The result is mono-material plastic re-granulate and compounds made of PS, ABS, PP, PC-ABS. Depending on the formula and the customer’s wishes, we can incorporate additional additives during the “compounding” manufacturing process. This allows material properties such as break strength, impact resistance or colour to be set and thereby adapted to the customer’s technical requirements. Our customers are plastic processors who then use our products to make office articles, sanitary articles, electronic devices, and more. Our products can replace new raw materials 100%, regardless of what product you make from them.
A high-grade plastic re-granulate is thus made from recycled plastic that comes from old refrigerators, and it is used in turn to manufacture new plastic products. An old refrigerator is, for example, turned into a new coffee maker in this process.