Turkish Plastic Flexible Package Producer Now Recycles Production Wastes In-house

2022-10-14 | Industrial Trends | By Resul Gökpınar |

In-house recycling, in another word post-industrial recycling, is an escalating trend among plastic manufacturers around the world as well as in Türkiye. Istanbul, Esenyurt based plastic flexible package and courier bag producer Sürmeli Plastik has also started to recycle its own production wastes within the factory by Repro-Flex 100

Due to the large size of productions of 15 years old fast-growing bag manufacturer for many different companies, the scraps generated from plastic flexible packages, patch and soft handle bags, punched-out handle bags, courier bags, exam bags, gift packages, shrink films and document pouches were considered as high. The bag producer needed to work with several professional recyclers to reprocess them.

Being unable to have full quality control over recycled pellets, and costs occurring from storing, logistics, and outsourced recycling; the bag producer considered starting in-house recycling on by own.

Which Machine is Most Suitable for In-house Recycling?

The plastic scraps from the cargo bags, shopping bags and gift bags to recycle are made of several variations of PE materials, and contain OPP and PP adhesive tapes on them. Moreover, these plastic scraps are clean (not contaminated by dirt, oil, etc.), dry (no moisture from the washing lines) and have varied printed surface. Some of the bags are slightly printed, and some of them have up to 50% of printed surfaces.

The crucial question in bag producers’ mind was ‘What is the right plastic recycling machine for several different types of bag scraps?’ For that reason, the producer has evaluated the machines that the outsourced recycling companies have been running (including local, European and POLYSTAR recycling machines). Among them, the final pellets quality found stable and satisfactory from the two recyclers who are using POLYSTAR Repro-Flex plastic recycling machines.

Properties of the materials that you can reprocess with Repro-Flex
(Single Stage)
Repro-Flex Plus
(Two Stage)
Humidity 3% 5%
Printed Surface Area 30%
(Standard Dual-piston Filtration)
(Filter Repositioned technology)
(Filter Repositioned technology)
Contamination Less than 1% Less than 1%

The plastic bag manufacturers asked POLYSTAR for a feasible solution for its varied recycling needs. After evaluating Repro-Flex recycling machine’s standard, filter repositioned and two-stage (Repro-Flex Plus) options, the bag producer found out Repro-Flex model with filter repositioning technology is the right fit for its requirements.

"Before we decided to buy this Repro-Flex machine, we also tested other companies' machines with our own materials. Then decided on this machine because we got good results. The machine is very easy to use, our operators got used to it in a short time. We used to outsource our recycling before, now we do it in-house, it is more economical and we are satisfied."

Sürmeli Plastik Co-owner Mr. Adil Burak CESUR said.

Materials that plastic recycling machine can process

Repro-Flex specially designed for reprocessing variety of post-industrial and post-consumer plastic materials. These include printed and non-printed PE & PP film, multi-layered film, shrink film, stretch film, PE and EPE, EPS, EPP foam, PP raffia regrind, thermoformed PS, PP materials, soft irrigation pipe, pre-shredded regrind, washed and dried film flakes from washing lines.

PE & PP Film
( PE & PP Film )

PP Raffia
( PP Raffia Regrind )

Baskılı film
( Printed film )

Simple Machine Installation and Training

This June, Repro-Flex 100 cutter compactor plastic recycling machine has already installed in bag producers’ factory located in Istanbul, Esenyurt and started running to recycle in-house wastes with 300~350 kg/hr output capacity.

Geri dönüşüm makina sevkiyatı

Although the easy installation capability of Repro-Flex, because this was the first recycling machine of the plastic bag producer, our local Turkish agent carried out the installation process with the operators of the customer. Thanks to user-friendly interface, the operators of the bag producer was able to be trained in a short time and now run the machine smoothly.

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Resul Gökpınar

POLYSTAR’s International Sales Representative

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