EcoCortec Shows Commitment to Circular Economy with Plastic Recycling Initiative

Photo courtesy of EcoCortec.

EcoCortec (Beli Manastir, Croatia) announced that it has closed another plastic recycling loop with the first delivery of plastic waste from its customer Jakob Schober GmbH (Waldorf, Germany) to Beli Manastir. This signals the start of a new recycling partnership between EcoCortec and Jakob Schober to recover plastic scrap and incorporate it back into quality finished goods. The initiative comes at a time when Europeans and the world are increasingly looking for ways to be more sustainable. It is an example of EcoCortec’s commitment to help make the circular economy a reality at the level of a direct customer-manufacturer relationship. 

Talking about the circular economy is much easier than making it happen. According to the United Nations (UN), 46% of plastic waste ends up in landfills, 22% ends up as litter, and less than 9% actually ends up recycled. Why is it so hard to capture and reuse this plastic waste? Among the challenges are collecting materials after it has been sent around the world and finding a consistent supply of recycled content within strict cleanliness and quality requirements. These issues can make it difficult for manufacturers to turn used packaging into anything more than cheap garbage bags. 

EcoCortec does not let these barriers stop them from pursuing and implementing a circular economy in the vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) films market. First, the company introduced VpCI-126 PCR in early 2023. This version of vapor phase corrosion inhibiting film (VpCI) contains 30% post-consumer recycled content (PCR) sourced from a recycled raw material supplier that follows strict quality standards. Eco-conscious customers like Jakob Schober intentionally order VpCI-126 PCR to achieve a better environmental footprint. 

EcoCortec is able to go above and beyond simply producing film with PCR content, thanks to its onsite recycling facility where it can reprocess both post-consumer and post-industrial scrap. Jakob Schober naturally ends up with much of the latter as it creates 3D bags from both VpCI-126 PCR film and regular plastic film for their export packaging kits. 

In March 2024, Jakob Schober entered into an agreement with EcoCortec to ship clean plastic scrap to the Beli Manastir plant for reprocessing. After further inspection at EcoCortec, the scrap was re-granulated using state-of-the-art reprocessing equipment and tested in the lab before being used in VpCI film production. EcoCortec does the same with used packaging from a local construction company and sister company CorteCross, thus minimizing waste and expanding the use of PCR in finished goods beyond VpCI-126 PCR film alone. 

The same truck that brought VpCI-126 PCR to Jakob Schober was loaded with VpCI-126 PCR scrap for transport to EcoCortec 1,000 km (621.4 mi) away, resulting in additional fuel savings for a better carbon footprint as well as a circular economy. 

Source: EcoCortec,