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"Every ton of recycled plastic improves the world".

Neues Recyclingwerk der HC Plastics in Niederzissen

Niederzissen/Kaisersesch, 29. November 2022. Rund 12 Monate nach dem ersten Spatenstich hat die HC Plastics GmbH gestern am Standort Niederzissen eines der modernsten Werke für Kunststoffrecycling in Deutschland eröffnet. Künftig werden hier rund 15.000 Tonnen Kunststoffabfälle pro Jahr zur Weiterverarbeitung in industriellen Prozessen aufbereitet. Durch das Recycling von Verpackungsfolie aus Polypropylen, die bisher vor allem verbrannt wurde, setzt das Unternehmen neue Maßstäbe im Kunststoffrecycling. Bürgermeisterin Petra Kalkbrenner sowie weitere Vertreter, unter anderem aus dem Bundesumweltministerium, zeigten sich begeistert.  

Joint venture combines recycling expertise

Die HC Plastics GmbH ist ein Joint Venture von zwei Familienunternehmen. Die bereits in Niederzissen beheimatete Hündgen Entsorgungs GmbH & Co. KG hat als Recyclingexperte gemeinsam mit Fachleuten der CLASSEN-Gruppe die neuartige Sortiertechnologie und den Maschinenpark entwickelt. Das in Kaisersesch ansässige Produktionsunternehmen der Gruppe, die Akzenta Paneele + Profile GmbH, profitiert von den durch das Recycling entstehenden Sekundärrohstoffen, die sie für ihren Werkstoff CERAMIN® nutzen, um daraus robuste, PVC-freie Wand- und Bodenbeläge zu fertigen.

Zur Inbetriebnahme am gestrigen Montag hatten sich in Niederzissen insgesamt ca. 100 Interessierte eingefunden. Geschäftsführer Christian Hündgen konnte Partner, Maschinenlieferanten, Pressevertreter sowie offizielle Repräsentanten des Bundesumweltministeriums, der IHK, weiterer Wirtschaftsverbände und nicht zuletzt auch Bürgermeisterin Petra Kalkbrenner begrüßen. Kalkbrenner lobte in ihrer Rede das zukunftsweisende Konzept des neuen Recyclingwerks: „Durch die Verlängerung der Wertstoffkette wird aktiv Umwelt- und Klimaschutz betrieben; das ist vorbildlich. Ich freue mich, das unsere Gemeinde ein solches zukunftsorientiertes (Gemeinschaftsunternehmen) beheimatet.“

Upcycling of plastic films into environmentally friendly wall and floor coverings

Afterwards, the guests present were able to gain an overview of the modern recycling processes during a guided tour of the HC Plastics plant, for which ten full-time employees are currently working. Many waste products, such as yogurt cups or gummy bear packaging, were probably very familiar to the visitors from everyday life. PP film was previously considered more or less unsuitable for recycling due to its soft and loose material properties. Therefore, the film was usually incinerated - with the corresponding consequences that the raw material is no longer available for the cycle after disposal.

HC Plastics' new sorting technology now enables the material to be further processed into a secondary raw material, which in turn is to a large extent the basis for CERAMIN® floors and tiles of the CLASSEN Group. In this way, supposedly worthless plastics are upcycled into a durable, robust and environmentally friendly product that is itself 100 percent recyclable. A prime example of the circular economy.

About CLASSEN Group:

Our almost 2,000 employees and management team have been living this vision since 1949, while respect for our planet and a permanent consumer empathy have brought the CLASSEN Group to what it is today. Our innovations include numerous patents and an exceptional ongoing search for a durable and long-lasting future.

Under the motto "Floors For A Better Tomorrow." the CLASSEN Group decided many years ago to develop floor and wall coverings that are completely free of harmful substances. For example, the use of chlorine, PVC or particularly harmful plasticizers is dispensed with. Through the use of recycled materials and the guarantee that CERAMIN® zu 100 Prozent recyceln zu können, leistet das Unternehmen einen richtungsweisenden Beitrag zur Kreislaufwirtschaft.

About Hündgen Entsorgungs GmbH & Co. KG:

As a modern structured family business, Hündgen Entsorgungs GmbH & Co. KG offers a maximum of entrepreneurial flexibility. Adjustments to changing ecological or economic conditions can be implemented directly. On the one hand, this guarantees a high ecological standard in terms of environmental protection. On the other hand, a good customer service can be guaranteed in the sense of the entrepreneurial objectives by targeted personal approach and consultation in all disposal questions.

Thus, in addition to the transport of waste, recyclable materials and mixtures of recyclable materials, their sorting and also the marketing and utilization of secondary raw materials in international trade are among the fields of activity of Hündgen Entsorgungs GmbH & Co. KG. Planning and development of innovative disposal and recycling concepts for trade and industry as well as consulting and cooperation with national and international institutes and local authorities complete the wide range of services. 

Pictures from the official commissioning can be found here: https://cloud.classen.de/main.html?download&weblink=9f2b7bf2e24544b24105ed1a226374aa&realfilename=221129_eroeffnung_hcplastics_photos.zip

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