ALPLA acquires German PET recycler

Purchase of the com­pany BTB PET-Recycling to give ALPLA access to the bottle-to-bottle loop in Germany

Hard, 1 October 2021 – The ALPLA Group, the global pack­a­ging solu­tions and recy­cling spe­cia­list, is acqui­ring BTB PET-Recycling based in Bad Sal­zu­flen. The com­pany turns PET bot­tles into recy­cled mate­rial which is then pre­do­mi­nantly used for the pro­duc­tion of new beverage bot­tles. Its bottle-to-bottle pack­a­ging cycle is a closed loop.

In acqui­ring BTB PET-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG based in Bad Sal­zu­flen in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, ALPLA is inves­ting in fur­ther deve­lo­ping the region’s recy­cling loop. The com­pany pro­cesses used PET beverage bot­tles sourced from Germany’s reverse ven­ding system and turns them into food-grade rPET (recy­cled PET) pel­lets which are then pri­ma­rily used for the manu­fac­ture of new pre­forms for PET bot­tles, inclu­ding beverage bottles.

BTB stands for ‘bottle-to-bottle’, in other words a closed pack­a­ging loop that turns bot­tles coll­ected in the region into new bot­tles. First, BTB pre-sorts, shreds and washes the input mate­rial, then sorts it again. It is then melted down in an extru­sion pro­cess and turned into pellet form, resul­ting in valuable food-grade rPET. The pro­ces­sing volume is around 20,000 tonnes of PET bot­tles each year. The com­pany has appro­xi­m­ately 35 employees, all of whom will be kept on by ALPLA.

Effi­cient pro­duc­tion, func­tio­ning system
Georg Lässer, Head of Cor­po­rate Recy­cling at ALPLA, comm­ents on what led to the acqui­si­tion: ‘BTB pro­duces highly effi­ci­ently, using estab­lished tech­no­logy. The team in Bad Sal­zu­flen is highly moti­vated and does a fan­ta­stic job. For us, buying this com­pany is an invest­ment in the future, enab­ling us to increase the exis­ting capa­ci­ties and fur­ther streng­then the bottle-to-bottle loop.’

Georg Pescher, Mana­ging Director of ALPLA in Ger­many, adds: ‘By acqui­ring BTB, we are inves­ting in a very struc­tured com­pany which has been ope­ra­ting suc­cessfully within the local cir­cular eco­nomy for years and which is already sup­p­lying our pre­form busi­ness in Ger­many with rPET. What’s pivotal here is a func­tio­ning system com­pri­sing a bottle return infra­struc­ture, bottle pro­duc­tion and bot­t­ling com­pa­nies in the direct vici­nity of the recy­cling plant.’

The par­ties signed the con­tract on 28 Sep­tember 2021. They have agreed not to dis­c­lose the purchase price or any fur­ther details.

ALPLA pro­mo­ting a PET loop in Europe
Just recently, ALPLA and its part­ners announced the foun­ding of the joint ven­ture PET Recy­cling Team Targu Mures for the recy­cling of post-consumer PET bot­tles in Romania. The target is annual pro­duc­tion of 15,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET to streng­then the local mate­rials cycle in Cen­tral and South-Eastern Europe. In the UK, ALPLA has been coope­ra­ting with the Bri­tish waste manage­ment com­pany Biffa since this year and sources food-grade rPET pel­lets from the Biffa recy­cling plant in Seaham. With this col­la­bo­ra­tion, ALPLA is incre­asing the pro­por­tion of Bri­tish recy­c­late used to manu­fac­ture pack­a­ging in the UK.

Expan­sion of recy­cling activities
In early 2021, the ALPLA Group announced that it would invest an average of 50 mil­lion euros a year until 2025 in the ongoing expan­sion of its recy­cling acti­vi­ties. In par­ti­cular, it plans to glo­ba­lise its acti­vi­ties in the area of high-quality recy­clates in order to close the mate­rials cycle in as many regions as pos­sible. In all, the annual capa­city of the ALPLA recy­cling com­pa­nies, joint ven­tures and part­ner­ships amounts to appro­xi­m­ately 130,000 tonnes of PET and 60,000 tonnes of PE.


About the ALPLA Group
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 21,600 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps and moulded parts at 178 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.

ALPLA operates its own recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Poland, Mexico, Italy and Spain, and in the form of joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. Other projects are being realised elsewhere around the world.

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