In recent years, several alternative materials obtained from recycling are appearing in addition to the traditional ones. The production and the use of these new materials are becoming increasingly important to our economy. More and more companies are changing part of their conventional raw materials, such as wood and traditional chipboard for these ecological materials, made of recycled waste.
Our main target is to make use of discarded material from urban plastic waste collection (igloo-shaped yellow selective waste collection containers), which is currently sent to garbage pits or burnt. We recycle material that would otherwise not be reused.
The use of plastic in Spain has been constantly increasing in recent years. The largest part corresponds to thermoplastics, 42% of which are used in the manufacture of containers and wrappings. Every year, Spain generates 1.500.000 tons of plastic waste (73% of the total amount of plastic used. Statistic 2004).
We are focussed on recycling and reusing this plastic waste, i.e. recycling instead of throwing away. In 2004 we processed 2.000 tons of waste in our factory in Maçanet de la Selva (Girona).
The advantages of our activity involve the following areas:
- contribution to minimise plastic waste that currently implies a strong environmental impact.
- we manage to revalue a material that has already completed one cycle of its service life.
- we have developed a new, cutting-edge technology in Europe and unique in Spain.
The selective collection of plastic wrappings and containers was introduced in Spain since 1999. Recycling some types of waste is already part of the ecological culture at home. The correct use of the yellow waste container is our starting point.