Uflex Ltd, a flexible packaging company, developed a cost-effective method to convert waste plastics into pellets. Company CMD Ashok Kumar said that with the right technology, it is possible to turn the long shelf life of plastics into an advantage.
At IndiaPlast 2019, Uflex displayed a demonstration unit that recycled multi-layer plastic packaging waste into pellets. These pellets can be further used to manufacture several plastic products like buckets, mugs and dustbins, park benches, tiles and tables, and roads and road dividers, according to reports.
‘Cooking’ plastic waste.
“We first demonstrated this technology nearly 25 years ago and won recognition for this at Davos in 1995. We have been using the technology to recycle plastic scrap generated during manufacturing at our plants,” Kumar said. The system is adept at recycling any kind of plastic waste, including printed and multi-laminated plastic films, metalized pet, polyester and BOPP. The machine can produce pellets at a rate of 250 kg per hour. “Since the process involved is ‘cooking’ plastic waste, there is no emission of noxious gases; the process requires only moderate temperatures, and hence is not very energy-intensive,” added Kumar.