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PET recycler will use Czech technology

By: Richard Higgs
EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

April 24, 2014

A Polish company intends to employ a Czech developed recycling technology to recycle PET bottle waste at a new processing plant under construction in the Lodz region.

NRT Polska has acquired depolymerization process technology using microwave radiation developed by researchers at the Czech Centre of Microwave Technology at the Institute of Chemical Processes of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ASCR).

The new NRT PET processing operation will have 10,000 metric tons per year of recycling capacity, the Czech news agency ČIAnews quoted the ASCR as stating this month.

The 42 million euro ($58 million) project, launched by the Polish firm in November 2013, is set to be completed by the end of January 2015, according to NRT Polska. It received grants worth more than 14 million euros ($19.3 million) from the European regional development fund towards the innovative scheme.

NRT says the technology will enable it to lead the world in the production of high quality transparent recycled film material. The use of microwave technology also substantially reduces energy consumption by 95 percent in the depolymerization process, the firm adds.   

The new technology has already been patented, not only in the Czech Republic but also in five other countries including Germany, France, Italy, the UK and China, according to ASCR.