Pack­a­ging spe­cia­list ALPLA laun­ches new ALPLA­re­cy­cling brand 

Invest­ment in the cir­cular eco­nomy – pro­duc­tion capa­city dou­bled since 2021

Hard, 25 July 2023 – The glo­bally active ALPLA Group has been inves­ting in buil­ding up its own recy­cling capa­ci­ties since 2005. The pla­stic pack­a­ging com­pany now ope­rates 13 plants, inclu­ding four joint ven­tures with regional part­ners, and aims to be pro­ces­sing at least 25 per cent post-consumer mate­rial (PCR) by 2025. After inves­ting mil­lions in new sites in South Africa, Romania and Thai­land as well as in a site expan­sion in Poland, ALPLA is now con­so­li­da­ting all of its acti­vi­ties under the new brand ALPLArecycling. 

ALPLA is focu­sing on mecha­nical recy­cling and has invested more than 50 mil­lion euros a year in the global expan­sion of its acti­vi­ties since 2021. Thanks to new plants, the expan­sion of exis­ting faci­li­ties, joint ven­tures and stra­tegic acqui­si­tions, the annual installed and pro­jected output capa­city has since dou­bled to 350,000 tonnes of PCR mate­rial. Tog­e­ther with the con­s­truc­tion of a new faci­lity in South Africa as recently announced and the site expan­sion in Poland, the annual capa­city amounts to 266,000 tonnes of rPET (recy­cled PET) and 84,000 tonnes of rHDPE (recy­cled HDPE).

Around 1.100 ALPLA employees work on recy­cling. In addi­tion to the pro­duc­tion of high-quality rPET and rHDPE at 13 plants, inclu­ding four joint ven­tures with regional part­ners, the com­pany focuses on the deve­lo­p­ment of sus­tainable pack­a­ging solu­tions with a high pro­por­tion of recy­cled mate­rials, optimum recy­cla­bi­lity and low weight. The gro­wing importance of the recy­cling sector, strong expan­sion and incre­asing demand have now led to the estab­lish­ment of the ALPLArecycling brand tog­e­ther with its own web­site. There, you will find com­pre­hen­sive infor­ma­tion about recy­cling at ALPLA, the pro­ducts available and the loca­tions of the recy­cling plants and joint ven­tures at a glance.

Every year, we are pro­du­cing more high-quality, affordable and sus­tainable pack­a­ging from used pack­a­ging. With our own pro­duc­tion, deve­lo­p­ment and mate­rial opti­mi­sa­tion, we ensure qua­lity and quan­tity, while also streng­thening regional and national recy­cling loops,’ empha­sises ALPLA CEO Philipp Lehner. Recy­cling pla­s­tics reduces carbon con­sump­tion by up to 90 per cent, reduces waste and creates value and jobs at the sites.

Our many years of exper­tise and access to our own mate­rials give our cus­to­mers a com­pe­ti­tive advan­tage. The new brand is a clear com­mit­ment to recy­cling and to our expan­sion plans in growth mar­kets,’ explains Dietmar Marin, Mana­ging Director of the Recy­cling divi­sion at ALPLA. In the coming years, the com­pany will inten­sify its acti­vi­ties in areas such as sou­thern Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. ‘Inte­rest in sus­tainable pack­a­ging is gro­wing all over the world. We are pre­sent as pio­neers in all the regions of the world and are already a strong partner for future solu­tions,’ says Marin.

Recy­cling target: 25 per cent PCR mate­rial by 2025
ALPLA curr­ently pro­cesses 20 per cent PCR mate­rial and aims to increase this to at least 25 per cent by 2025. In addi­tion, all pack­a­ging solu­tions are to be fully recy­clable by then. The com­pany has been part of the New Pla­s­tics Eco­nomy, an initia­tive of the Ellen Mac­Ar­thur Foun­da­tion, since 2018. ‘We firmly believe in pla­stic as a recy­clable mate­rial and in the suc­cess of closed bottle-to-bottle loops. With our com­mit­ment, we want to create infra­struc­ture in as many count­ries as pos­sible, raise awa­re­ness and thus gene­rate added value for the envi­ron­ment, eco­nomy and society,’ says Gün­ther Lehner, Chairman of the Com­pany Advi­sory Board.


About ALPLArecycling
With approximately 23,300 employees, 190 sites and annual turnover of 5.1 billion euros (2022), the ALPLA Group is one of the world’s leading companies in the production and recycling of plastic packaging. In the ALPLA Recycling division, the company operates state-of-the-art recycling plants at 13 locations around the world and works with customers to develop sustainable packaging solutions that contain up to 100 per cent PCR. The annual installed and projected output capacity amounts to 266,000 tonnes of recycled PET (rPET) and 84,000 tonnes of recycled HDPE (rHDPE).


Infor­ma­tion for editorial
ALPLA, Lukas Österle (Senior Sus­taina­bi­lity Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Manager), tel.: +43 (0)5574 6021 132, email:
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Joshua Köb, tel.: +43 (0)5574 4471 522, email: