Remondis takes over Pakufol and Depner

Pakufol's product range includes yellow bags for
collecting packaging waste from households
21.08.2019 − 

Remondis is expanding and vertically integrating its LDPE recycling activities. Germany's largest waste management concern reports that it has acquired 100 per cent stakes in Pakufol Folienprodukte GmbH, Depner Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co. KG and Depner Verwaltungs GmbH as part of a share deal. The transaction is retroactive to 1 January 2018. Through the transaction, Remondis says it is achieving vertical integration along the full value chain for recycling LDPE products, "which reflects Remondis' ongoing developments and continued efforts towards 100 per cent plastic recycling".

Remondis now recycling LDPE

LDPE represented the largest material fraction within the waste plastic stream in Germany. The role of the polymer made expanding the group's portfolio into the reprocessing and production of LDPE an important diversification, said Remondis.

"Within the LDPE sector, we have, until now, supplied film waste to other recyclers worldwide. In the future, we will reprocess this plastic, producing plastic film bags from 100 per cent recycled material," said Ralf Mandelatz, managing director of Remondis Recycling.

Pakufol, based in Siegelsbach near Heilbronn, Germany, describes itself as the leading German manufacturer of plastic bags using both recycled and primary raw materials and has been active in the industry for over 30 years. Pakufol's recycled content products bear the German "Blue Angel" ecolabel and are made largely from recycled waste film. Remondis says the takeover enables the group to close another gap on the path to comprehensive plastic recycling.

Remondis: further measures necessary for more recycling

Nevertheless, Remondis believes that policymakers and producers need to take further measures in order to increase material recycling rates. The waste management concern supports extending the EU Ecodesign Directive to include raw material efficiency and creating incentives for the priority use of recycled raw materials.

Remondis also argues for more consistent application of the principles of green public procurement. Here it echoes calls by the German waste management trade organisation BDE.

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