According to the European Strategy for Plastics (2018), all plastics packaging in the EU must be either reusable or easily recyclable by 2030. Woodly® is a new type of plastic based on wood cellulose. The material has been designed to be recyclable with existing plastic recycling technology, a claim which has now been confirmed.
“Recycling Woodly material from film to granules was easy and the granules were of high clarity. From the recycled Woodly granules, a clear, 20-micrometer thin cast film could be produced in our lab under typical polyolefin processing conditions and extruder settings, indicating that the material is suited for blown film processes as well. This is rare, as typically the reprocessing of bio-based plastics into thin films is not a simple task. Woodly's material is a perfect match for NGR's existing equipment.”, says NGR’s Development & Process Technology Engineer, Peter Hierzenberger
Woodly’s CTO, Martta Asikainen, is equally delighted with the successful trial run: "We believe that the future of plastics is both renewable and recyclable. That is the only way to meet the growing demand for the material in a sustainable way. Our goal is to reduce the need for fossil feedstock as well as for virgin material. With NGR we have found a reliable partner for recycling, with whom we will be glad to expand the collaboration."
Founded in 1996, Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH (NGR) is a leading technology and equipment provider for the plastics recycling industry. Based in Feldkirchen (Austria), the company currently employs 140 people at its headquarters as well as in three sales and service locations in the USA, China and Malaysia. For more information see https://www.ngr-world.com/