Mechanical recycling is the most widespread and currently only recognised technology for achieving recycling rates in accordance with the German Packaging Act (VerpackG).
Mechanical recycling follows six steps:
- Packaging collection and sorting
Compared to other methods, mechanical recycling is more energy efficient and emits less CO2.
The challenge? In complex packaging, the method reaches its limits and often does not deliver high-quality recycled materials. However, inferior granules are hardly in demand among producers, so the loop cannot be closed.
The solution: More sustainable packaging designs through mono-materials, better waste sorting and the further development of sorting technology increase efficiency.
We are constantly working to improve mechanical recycling.