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Recycling of Norwegian plastic bottles
In 2020 more than 585 milion plastic bottles were pledged in Norway, which corresponds to 92 percent of what was sold and licensed by the Norwegian deposit system Infinitum. Our new recycling plant in Fetsund, 30 kilometers northeast of the capital Oslo, will recycle over 80 percent of all pledged bottles in Norway. For Veolia, this is the fourth recycling plant that produces food-grade PET pellets/granulates in addition to the operation of plants in Rostock (Germany), Frauenfeld (Switzerland) and Norrköping (Sweden).
The Norwegian recycling plant has an annual capacity of over 20,000 tonnes of washed flakes recycates. Of this, the factory at start-up can produce about 13,000 tonnes of "food grade" granulates a year. The partner Infinitum is already pre-sorting the bottles at the Heia site right next to Veolias recycling plant.
The recycling process takes about eight hours, of which six hours are used for the heat treatment of the granulate so that it reaches food-grade approved standard. The material is hot washed in water with lye. The subsequent heat treatment takes place in a nitrogen reactor at high temperature (otherwise the material would react with oxygen and turn yellow).
Sustainability and Environmental Awareness
At Veolia, we make sustainability and environmental awareness our top priority. That is why we continuously search for new ideas and ways to further reduce raw material consumption and to minimise the greenhouse effect. Our goal is to provide generations to come with an environmentally friendly future. Our circular economy approach is about utilizing the planet's resources in the best possible way and with the lowest possible environmental impact.
So far, around 22,000 tons of returnable bottles have been exported annually from Norway to Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands to be recycled there. With the new recycling plant, the logistics routes will be shortened and the use of recyclate in the production of new bottles will be increased. Both contributes to the reduction of climate-damaging carbon dioxide emissions and support the circular economy of plastics.
When recycling PET plastic, the purity of the material is key. That is why only material which passes strict food-grade criteria is approved for reuse in the production of beverage bottles.