Managing directors of the trading and service platform plastship: Konstantin Humm (left) and Andreas Bastian

A trading and service platform has been launched in Germany that targets buyers and sellers of regrinds, regranulates and recyclates plus, in the near future, additives.

Operating under the slogan ‘new thinking for the circular economy’, plastship ( offers independent assessment of the recyclability of plastics packaging and products for complete product ranges and their impact on selected environmental factors.

It also provides consultancy in optimising product sustainability in terms of design for recycling and the use of recyclates.

The principal shareholder is RIGK GmbH, which has more than 25 years of experience as a provider of recovery systems and recycling solutions for all kinds of plastics and packaging.

Over and above materials, the plan is also to provide a forum for buying and selling contract services ranging from grinding or warehousing to compounding.

Joint managing director Andreas Bastian explains: “plastship’s three most important aims are to establish new applications for recycled plastics, to simplify and accelerate the use of recycled plastics and to develop uniform quality and information standards for recycled plastics. We provide all-round support for all parties.”

Cooperation with plastship also allows smaller recycling operators to reduce distribution costs. plastship can assist brand owners in using recycled pellets from the outset of a project to its successful implementation.

As managing director Konstantin Humm says, “The debate around making appropriate use of plastics has never been more vigorous than at present and EU requirements for the reuse of plastics are very demanding. The use of recycled materials is therefore becoming increasingly significant and can also be a compelling sales argument. From the outset, this new platform offers manufacturers of plastics products wishing to pursue this trend an attractive forum for meeting strongly growing demand for high quality recycled materials that comply with specific requirements.”