SIBUR will produce green PET pellets at the POLIEF plant in Blagoveshchensk (Bashkortostan). It is planned to use about 34 thousand tons of secondary raw materials in its production annually. The Devon News Agency learned about this from the company’s message.

PET-flakes are flakes made from used food packaging. Polyethylene terephthalate will be involved in the production cycle of the primary polymer synthesis. “Green Granula” will meet the highest regulatory requirements, SIBUR says. It will meet the growing market demand for environmentally friendly PET packaging.

Reuse of valuable raw materials in the process of obtaining high-quality products will reduce the specific energy consumption of polymer production. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, the company said.

PET is used in food packaging for soft drinks, dairy products, medicines, household chemicals and more. PET packaging is inert to the product, safe for humans and the environment, and can be completely recycled.

Production of PET containing recycled resources is an important part of SIBUR’s Sustainable Development Strategy until 2025, says Maxim REMCHUKOV, Head of SIBUR’s Sustainable Development Function.

At POLIEF, installation is provided for a post-treatment and sorting unit for flexes. This will allow the use of secondary raw materials in the existing technological line.

“It will be possible to use recycled polyethylene terephthalate packaging in POLIEF’s technological processes by mid-2022,” said Evgeniy SEMENKO, General Director of POLIEF.

“We will enter the market offering not only primary, but also secondary PET, developing a circular economy,” he explained. “This method of processing involves the ‘splitting’ of polymers and allows the polymer raw material to be reused multiple times.”

“The technology adopted for the use of secondary PET (flakes) in the synthesis of primary PET is environmentally friendly, the only one in Russia today,” Semenko assured. “It is one of the best practices for recycling PET into the production cycle.”

An agreement on cooperation on the project was signed between the company, the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation and the Russian Environmental Operator (REO) on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) -2019.

PET flakes will be supplied from various regions of the country, with priority given to the Republic of Bashkortostan and neighboring regions.

Semi-finished products from recycled bottles will be used at POLIEF. In Bashkiria, 4 thousand tons of PET bottles are collected per year, with a potential of up to 20 thousand tons per year. At the same time, the incoming quality control of incoming raw materials will certainly be carried out for compliance with the established requirements, they promise at SIBUR.

The capacity of the new shop will be 4 tons per hour of cleaned flakes, the Devon news agency reported earlier. Preparing the flex for recycling involves seven stages.