ALPLA: Start of pro­duc­tion at PET Recy­cling Team Targu Mures

Joint ven­ture in Romania sup­plies 18,000 tonnes of recy­cled pla­stic per year

Hard, 31 January 2023 – The ALPLA Group, tog­e­ther with its joint ven­ture part­ners Eco­help and UPT, has opened its first PET recy­cling plant in Romania after a con­s­truc­tion time of nine months and invest­ment of around 7.5 mil­lion euros. The state-of-the-art plant is now pro­du­cing around 18,000 tonnes of recy­cled mate­rial per year from house­hold waste. The joint under­ta­king PET Recy­cling Team Targu Mures sup­plies the sou­theast Euro­pean market with food-grade rPET and thus pro­motes the cir­cular eco­nomy in the region.

Around 18,000 tonnes of post-consumer-recycled PET (rPET) per year – the pack­a­ging and recy­cling spe­cia­list ALPLA, Eco­help SRL (Romania) and United Polymer Tra­ding AG (Switz­er­land) begin pro­duc­tion at their joint recy­cling plant in Targu Mures. The three com­pa­nies invested around 7.5 mil­lion euros in the con­s­truc­tion and equip­ping of the plant on an adja­cent site to the exis­ting Eco­help site in Targu Mures. Now, the first extru­sion line for the pro­duc­tion of high-quality rPET gra­nu­late from PET flakes has entered into ope­ra­tion. The joint ven­ture part­ners will host the offi­cial ope­ning ceremony on 4 May 2023.

The gro­wing importance of local recy­cling pro­cesses calls for increased com­mit­ment in the region. Tog­e­ther with our part­ners, we com­bine strengths, increase the pro­ces­sing qua­lity of the recy­cled PET mate­rial and ensure the long-term supply of the sou­theast Euro­pean market,’ says Georg Lässer, Director Busi­ness Deve­lo­p­ment, Pro­cu­re­ment and Sales Recy­cling at ALPLA. Expan­sion poten­tial has already been iden­ti­fied – the plant has space for a second extru­sion line, which would double capacity.

Suc­cessful partnership
The joint ven­ture, which was estab­lished in autumn 2021, com­bines the skill sets of the three com­pa­nies involved. ALPLA brings its many years of exper­tise as a global recy­cling spe­cia­list and pack­a­ging manu­fac­turer, while United Polymer Tra­ding (UPT) has an exten­sive dis­tri­bu­tion net­work for pla­s­tics and recy­cled mate­rial. The local com­pany Eco­help sup­plies the mate­rial in the form of recy­cled PET flakes based on PET bot­tles from house­hold waste. The food-grade rPET gra­nu­late obtained from this pro­cess then serves as the starting mate­rial for new pre­forms and bottles.

The col­la­bo­ra­tion is a great example of how to improve local recy­cling and ensure sus­tainable eco­nomic deve­lo­p­ment. We are fil­ling a gap in the market for high-quality recy­cled mate­rial in Romania and neigh­bou­ring count­ries,’ says Mihail Moloiu, General Manager at PET Recy­cling Team Targu Mures. The new recy­cling plant has created around 20 new jobs.

Global expan­sion of recy­cling activities
ALPLA is inves­ting 50 mil­lion euros a year until 2025 in the ongoing expan­sion of its recy­cling acti­vi­ties. With its acti­vi­ties for the pro­duc­tion of high-quality recy­cled mate­rials, the global com­pany is pro­mo­ting com­plete recy­cling in as many parts of the world as pos­sible. In total, the annual pro­duc­tion capa­city of ALPLA’s recy­cling com­pa­nies and col­la­bo­ra­tions around the world amounts to appro­xi­m­ately 203,000 tonnes of rPET and 74,000 tonnes of rHDPE.


About the ALPLA Group
ALPLA is one of the world’s leading companies in the manufacture and reuse of plastic packaging. Around 23,300 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, caps and moulded parts at 190 sites in 46 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household cleaning products, detergents and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.

ALPLA operates recycling plants for PET and HDPE in Austria, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Romania and Thailand. Other projects are being realised elsewhere around the world.


Infor­ma­tion for editorial
ALPLA, Erik Nielsen (Team Leader Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), Tel.: +43 (0)5574 6021 701, email:
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