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09-25-2019

FDA Confirmation for PCR-HDPE

Food Packaging Made with up to 100% Post Consumer Recyclate

PCR HDPE, which is produced using the patented Intarema TVEplus RegrindPro extrusion system in combination with the ReFresher module, can be used up to 100% for the production of new food packaging (©  Erema)

PCR HDPE, which is produced using the patented Intarema TVEplus RegrindPro extrusion system in combination with the ReFresher module, can be used up to 100% for the production of new food packaging (© Erema)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the food contact compliance of post consumer recycled HDPE (PCR-HDPE) produced with the patented Intarema TVEplus RegrindPro extrusion system in combination with the ReFresher module. This opens up new opportunities to close the loop in food packaging made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

Defined Input from Yellow Household Recycling Bags

"FDA approval means that new food packaging can contain up to 100 percent of PCR-HDPE produced using this recycling process," says Clemens Kitzberger, Business Development Manager in the Erema Group for the post consumer sector. The starting material for the PCR-HDPE is a defined post consumer input stream consisting of 99% food containers, i.e. milk and juice bottles.

PCR-HDPE produced from this can be processed into bottles, food dishes and similar products. "The high decontamination performance of our machine is thanks to the pre-treatment of the material during the one-hour dwell time in the preconditioning unit of the recycling extruder and the additional removal of low-volatility odorous substances from the granulate by the ReFresher," says Michael Heitzinger, Managing Director Erema GmbH

Previous Challenge Tests and Use

The efficiency of the ReFresher was tested and confirmed in a separate challenge test using highly contaminated input material. Because the ReFresher uses the latent energy of the pellets preheated by the extrusion process, this system is also particularly energy-saving.

As early as April, this recycling technology was the decisive factor in Werner & Mertz's joint project with Erema and The Group with the Green Dot to launch the world's first approved shower gel bottle for the cosmetics sector, manufactured with 100% PCR-HDPE collected in yellow household recycling bags.

Mobile ReFresher for Demos

Erema customers can now also test the effect of the ReFresher directly at their own production plant. A compact and mobile version of this module has been developed specifically for this purpose. These and other technical innovations in the PET, post consumer and in-house recycling areas will be presented by Erema at K 2019.

Additional information
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    Most Successful Business Year in the Company's History

    Erema Group Continues to Grow

    Consolidated total turnover of more than EUR 180 million in 2018/19 represents an increase of 16 percent compared to the previous year.   more

  • 02-04-2019

    Erema Acquires Stake in Plasmac

    Austrian Manufacturer Expands its Product Range

    Erema acquired 60 percent of a recycling machine manufacturer to further expand its range of tailor-made plastic recycling solutions for in-house applications.   more

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EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH

Unterfeldstr. 3
AT 4052 ANSFELDEN/LINZ
Tel.: +43 732 3190-0
Fax: +43 732 3190-23

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