German machinery manufacturer Herbold Meckesheim has produced, installed and commissioned machinery for a recycling plant in Honduras for local company Invema.

Built for the recycling of PET bottles in order to produce bottle-to-bottle quality with FDA approval, the first expansion stage has seen the plant process 2,000 tonnes per month. A second expansion step is in progress with the aim of producing thermoforming PET film suitable for use in foodstuffs.

In a multi-stage process, the bottles are pre-sorted, size-reduced, washed cold and hot and, after drying, forwarded to a flake-sorting step. After regranulation the end product is sold to the local Coca-Cola bottle producer.

Honduras already has a recycling rate of 84 per cent but bottles have to be imported to enable the plant to be used to full capacity. The owner of Invema, George Gatlin, said: “Coca-Cola is enthusiastic about the quality of the regranulate that we produce.”

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