Plastipak’s Major Recycling Investment in Spain Officially Opens

November 2022

Investing In The Circular Economy

Plastipak, a global leader in the design, manufacture and recycling of plastic containers has announced the formal opening of a major recycling investment at its manufacturing site in Toledo, Spain by Don Emiliano García-Page, President of the Castilla-La Mancha Region. The new recycling facility converts PET flake into food-grade recycled PET (rPET) pellets suitable for direct use in new preforms, bottles and containers.

The new recycling plant will produce 20,000 tonnes of food-grade recycled pellet per year and will eliminate recycled resin transport-related emissions since it is co-located at Plastipak’s current preform manufacturing site. The recycling plant is Plastipak’s fifth recycling facility, with other recycling plants located in USA, France, Luxembourg and United Kingdom. In Europe, Plastipak is the largest producer of food-grade rPET, with well over 150,000 tonnes of rPET capacity per annum.

Driving Down Emissions

Pedro Martins, Plastipak’s Executive Managing Director Europe, said “The use of rPET is a key tool in reducing our customer’s Scope 3 related emissions and forms an important part of their ESG-packaging related commitments. As well as supporting our customers to reduce their financial obligations under the planned Spanish plastics tax, the plant will also contribute to the meeting the minimum recycled content levels mandated by the Single Use Plastics Directive.”

To support on-site energy generation, the state-of-the-art facility incorporates advanced energy-saving technologies and equipment that includes the rooftop installation of over 1800 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.  The PV panels are expected to generate more than 1339 MWh of electricity per year that will be consumed entirely on-site, saving more than 443 tonnes of CO2 per year through the avoidance of consumption of electricity from the national grid. This is in addition to the CO2 avoided by using 20,000 tonnes of recycled resin instead of virgin resin.

Jack Pacente, Vice President of Global Sustainability, explained “We are delighted to open another world-class PET bottle-to-bottle recycling facility, complete with additional investment in emissions-reduction initiatives, demonstrating our leadership in the circular economy.  Already, 100 percent of the electricity Plastipak consumes in Europe originates from renewable sources, and the installation of PV panels is our second on-site renewable power generation project in the European region.  Long-term emissions reduction is a core pillar of our ESG program, demonstrated by our registered commitment to the Science-Based Target Initiative.”

David Stajninger, Plastipak’s Vice President of Resins & Recycling added “Plastipak began recycling post consumer bottles in 1989 to support our customers at a time when post consumer resins were not widely available for bottle-to-bottle applications. This expansion further reinforces Plastipak’s global strategy of having high quality integrated rPET material to continue to meet our customers’ growing needs.

Enquiries:
In English

Kinza Sutton
Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability – Europe

Kinza.Sutton@plastipak.eu
+44 7702 718290

In Spanish

David Albeniz
Sales & Marketing Director  – Europe

DAlbeniz@plastipak.eu
+34 618 52 83 09

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality, rigid plastic containers for the food, beverage, and consumer products industries. Plastipak is also a leading recycler of rigid plastic packaging, producing food-grade post-consumer recycled resin for inclusion in new packaging. Plastipak operates more than 40 sites in the United States, South America and Europe, with a total of over 6,500 employees. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is also a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 420 United States patents for its state-of-the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. In addition, Plastipak licenses various packaging technologies around the world.  Plastipak was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website www.plastipak.com 

Statements in this press release concerning Plastipak’s intentions, expectations or predictions about future results or events are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any such statements.

Veteran’s Leading Plastipak Forward:
A Q&A With Our Veteran Associates

November 2022

At Plastipak, we believe the values—such as work ethic, leadership, determination, and more— military professionals gain during their service are essential to the success of any business. 

We shine a light on U.S. Military veterans Samantha Hunzeker, Angel Garnica and Tiffany Sprague, who bring a unique set of skills and perspectives to their roles at Plastipak each and every day—driving our organization forward. 

Read on to learn more about their military careers, the lessons they’ve learned and how they’ve used their experiences to succeed in their transition to civilian life and build successful careers.

Samantha Hunzeker

Where did you grow up? 
I grew up in Peru, New York.

When did you decided to join the service? Why?
I was looking for something different in my life.  At the time I was in college and was not sure what direction I wanted to go in. I decided to join the United States Marine Corps and served for nine years. After that, I served in active duty for the Maryland National Guard for 13 years.

How do you feel like the service has influenced your life?
At the beginning of my career, it made me a more independent and confident person. It also taught me that women can be successful in predominantly male settings.

What lessons did you learn during your service?
An important lesson that I learned was that in order to help someone grow you have to show compassion as well as guidance. You cannot demand respect—respect is something that is earned and goes both ways in any relationship.

When did you join Plastipak? 
I joined Plastipak in September 2018 as Recruiter, and now I’m a Human Resources Generalist.

In the service, you have a brotherhood or sisterhood, similar to like you’re a part of an organization. Do you find that at Plastipak? 
Yes, I feel strongly about the people I work with and would do anything I can to assist them. I really enjoy being part of a team that is always looking for ways to give back to our community.

What is your favorite part about your current role? 
My favorite part about working at Plastipak is having the ability to support my coworkers. I enjoy being able to help someone who is feeling overwhelmed or stressed, feel less overwhelmed or anxious.

Do you have any advice to other veterans that are considering a career at Plastipak? or anyone that is a transitioning service member? 
My advice would be to take what you have learned from the service and use those skills as the foundation of your career. Be resilient and flexible as you grow in your new position.

Angel Garnica

Where did you grow up? 
I am originally from Fresno, California.

When did you decided to join the service? Why?
I decided to join during my junior year of high school because I didn’t have a plan for after graduation. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study and I also wasn’t prepared for the financial commitment of attending college. One thing I was interested in doing was moving away from my hometown, and joining the service gave me the opportunity to do that.

How do you feel like the service has influenced your life?
It has definitely shown me life experiences someone my age wouldn’t normally encounter. It has also helped me mature, expanding my views on life.

What lessons did you learn during your service?
I learned many lessons during the service that I apply in my everyday life such as hurry up and wait, Semper Gumby, arrive 15 minutes prior to 15 minutes, how to deal with stubbornness and have better situational awareness, Crayola makes the best flavors, and keeping an open mind.

When did you join Plastipak? 
I joined in October 2021 as a Direct Object Printing Electrical Technician.

In the service, you have a brotherhood or sisterhood, similar to like you’re a part of an organization. Do you find that at Plastipak? 
Plastipak does a great job of promoting a family environment. It is, however, a bit different than the family you have in the service. You spend every hour of the day, for months sometimes, with these people and they are often all you have to lean on.

What is your favorite part about your current role? 
My favorite part about my current role is that nothing feels repetitive. Each day, I have the ability to learn something new and work on a variety of tasks.

Do you have any advice to other veterans that are considering a career at Plastipak? or anyone that is a transitioning service member? 
The advice I would give is that military professionalism is not the same as civilian professionalism. Remember to be more tactful with your dialogue and interactions.

Tiffany Sprague

Where did you grow up? 
I was born and raised in Green, Ohio near Akron.

When did you decided to join the service? Why?
In February 2009, I joined the Ohio Army National Guard as an 88M. At the time I was attending the University of Akron and they were offering 100% tuition assistance. We were just coming off of a recession, and it was a way to pay for my schooling without accumulating debt. Plus, I received a hefty sign-on bonus for becoming a truck driver.

How do you feel like the service has influenced your life?
As with anything in life, there are positives and negatives. The biggest positive was the fact that it increased opportunities for me as far as my career. As soon as I graduated from college, I had a full-time job to step into at state headquarters. This was the stepping stone that led me to the career I have today because I had to reclass from a truck driver to human resources. All in all, it opened opportunities for me to grow within the organization until I eventually decided to transition into civilian human resources.

What lessons did you learn during your service?
That’s a long list… resiliency and how to love change, teamwork, adaptability, decision-making skills, resourcefulness, flexibility, persistence, the ability to follow processes and procedures, and discipline.

When did you join Plastipak? 
I joined Plastipak about six months ago in April 2022. I am the current talent manager for our facility in Jackson Center, Ohio.

In the service, you have a brotherhood or sisterhood, similar to like you’re a part of an organization. Do you find that at Plastipak? 
Absolutely, there is a great tenure here at Plastipak and it almost feels like family. There is a strong sense of community and everyone is so helpful.

What is your favorite part about your current role? 
What I love about HR is that the profession is constantly looking for ways to make things better—whether it’s new strategies to help employees with their development, effective training plans, new HR technologies and tools, or partnering with top-level managers to find ways of improving processes to help the company reach its objectives.

Do you have any advice to other veterans that are considering a career at Plastipak? or anyone that is a transitioning service member? 
There is a community here at Plastipak with a multitude of opportunities for growth. It’s never too early to start growing your network and preparing for your next move. Talk with former service members who have already transitioned to civilian careers for tips and moral support. Take stock of your skills and military attributes and think about how you could relate those to the civilian world. Brush off your resume and make sure it translates to everyday language but also captures everything you have to offer. You may not have the exact experience required for a position, but you probably have all the attributes a hiring manager is looking for, and you just need to make sure they know what you got!

Interested in a career at Plastipak?

We offer an abundance of careers suited for military veterans and the drive they bring to the workplace. Learn more about our open positions on our Careers page.

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality, rigid plastic containers for the food, beverage, and consumer products industries. Plastipak is also a leading recycler of rigid plastic packaging, producing food-grade post-consumer recycled resin for inclusion in new packaging. Plastipak operates more than 40 sites in the United States, South America and Europe, with a total of over 6,500 employees. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is also a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 420 United States patents for its state-of-the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. In addition, Plastipak licenses various packaging technologies around the world.  Plastipak was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website www.plastipak.com 

Statements in this press release concerning Plastipak’s intentions, expectations or predictions about future results or events are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any such statements.

SprayPET Revolution:
The new 100% recyclable all-polymer aerosol

October 2022

Introducing SprayPET Revolution

Plastipak, the leader in PET plastic aerosol molding technology, has launched SprayPET Revolution, a 100% polymer aerosol, which is fully recyclable.

SprayPET Revolution, including the valve, is all polymer, and is totally metal-free. Until now, PET aerosol containers used standard metal valves with rubber gaskets. Whilst many PET recycling plants are equipped to remove metal components in the recycling process, not all recyclers have this capability. Other components like rubber gaskets still cause quality concerns in the recycling stream.

Design for Recyclability 

Innovation in the polymer valve means that PET aerosol containers can safely pass through all PET reprocessing plants, without contaminating the recycling stream, and with no negative impact on the quality of recycled PET material. It has been assessed and approved by both the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) and the USA-based Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR).

The valve utilizes new polymers other than PET for sealing that have a molecular density of less than 1g / cm3. This means that the valve can be easily processed with the PET container during the recycling process.

The complete SprayPET Revolution container, including the valve is shredded. The resulting flakes enter a water-filled separation chamber, where due to the differing molecular densities, PET sinks to the bottom, and the other polymers rise to the surface, so easily separated. The PET is further processed and will be reused in applications such as new PET bottles and containers, trays, textiles and pallet strapping. The polymers in the valve will be recycled alongside other caps and closures, and reused in products such as garden furniture, decking and pipes.

Produced under license from Procter & Gamble, SprayPET Revolution uses spin welding technology to attach the valve to the container. It is available as a dip-tube or bag-on-valve application.

As well as being 100% recyclable, recycled PET (rPET) can be included in the SprayPET Revolution container body.

Innovation Driving Down Emissions

SprayPET Revolution offers significant carbon footprint savings over aluminum aerosol containers, as demonstrated in an independent peer-reviewed life cycle analysis study, supporting reduction in Scope 3 emissions.

SprayPET aerosol containers offer design and shape flexibility for on-shelf differentiation and can be decorated with sleeves or printing directly on to the container using Plastipak’s Direct Object Printing (DOP) technology.

Kurt Wolschleger, VP Consumer Cleaning & Aerosol said “Plastipak is delighted to launch this exciting new technology which offers brand owners and fillers significant sustainability benefits in terms of recyclability and emissions savings. SprayPET Revolution represents a huge step forward for plastic aerosols and is a game-changer for the aerosol industry”.

Enquiries:
North America

Kurt Wolschleger
KWolschleger@plastipak.com
+1 734-354-7263

Europe

Victorien Dorier
VDorier@plastipak.eu
+33 601887179

South America

Osmar Junior
ojunior@plastipak.com.br
+55 19 99207-7626

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-quality, rigid plastic containers for the food, beverage, and consumer products industries. Plastipak is also a leading recycler of rigid plastic packaging, producing food-grade post-consumer recycled resin for inclusion in new packaging. Plastipak operates more than 40 sites in the United States, South America and Europe, with a total of over 6,500 employees. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is also a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 420 United States patents for its state-of-the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. In addition, Plastipak licenses various packaging technologies around the world.  Plastipak was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website www.plastipak.com 

Statements in this press release concerning Plastipak’s intentions, expectations or predictions about future results or events are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any such statements.

Packaging the Future:
Plastipak’s Commitment to ESG

September 2022

Since our inception, Plastipak has been committed to creating dynamic packaging solutions that meet the needs of our customers around the world.

With detrimental climate impacts looming over the heads of consumers, Plastipak has become increasingly conscious of the sustainability of our products and the impact of our operations. As a result, we launched “Packaging the Future”—a sustainability initiative that acts with the environment and future as the primary motivation.

As a part of this initiative, Plastipak has introduced four pillars related to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals—environment, innovation, citizenship and accountability.

Environment

Our first pillar—Environment—highlights the importance of reducing the impact of our operations on the environment. One of our most significant goals within this pillar is the reduction of Plastipak’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

As of January 2022, our operations in Europe are run on 100% renewable energy and seven of our North American plants are certified as emissions-free.

Supporting this mission, Clean Tech UK partnered with BioteCH4— a leading operator of anaerobic digestion facilities in the UK— to create a system where local food and agricultural waste is collected and turned into fuel to power the PET recycling plant. This clean energy has aided in reducing our Scope 2 emissions, while simultaneously reducing waste.

In addition, Plastipak has adopted the Wipe Out Waste initiative which has an end target of zero waste to landfill for all of our plants. Plastipak Brazil, for example, now reuses, recycles or composts 100% of its materials rather than sending them to the landfill. As of the end of 2021, 44% of Plastipak’s sites have achieved zero waste to landfill and expect to have all sites reach this goal by the end of 2023.

Innovation

Innovation in products and circularity is at the heart of Plastipak’s operations. As a leading producer of plastic packaging, we continue to carry out this mindset by developing circular solutions that protect the environment.

Since founding Clean Tech Recycling over 30 years ago, our company has had great success in keeping HDPE and PET out of landfills and giving them a second, third or fourth life through bottle-to-bottle recycling.

Additionally, Plastipak has the capacity to support our customers’ efforts in reducing virgin resin usage and increasing PCR content in their packaging by operating our PCR resin production plants. Having this capability in-house allows Plastipak to keep up with the increasing PCR content demands, without compromising product functionality and brand integrity.

 Another internal resource—Plastipak’s Creative Packaging (CP) Studios—serve as centers where Plastipak associates and our customers can collaborate to devise designs and prototypes for the next generation of product solutions. CP Studios allow customers to see the proposed product designs in digital shelf spaces and against current market offerings to see how they measure up  before a final solution is launched. 

Citizenship

The third pillar is Citizenship, which prioritizes the people that surround us both at work and at home. An important part of our ESG mission at Plastipak is engaging our associates and communities in safe and sustainable efforts and we are committed to ensuring safe, fair and equitable conditions for all.

We accomplish this by focusing on employee health and well-being, creating an atmosphere that promotes associates’ growth, and engaging with our communities to support those in need. We regularly review our policies to ensure that they are not only current and compliant with local regulations but go beyond what is required. In addition, Plastipak offers personal development opportunities like leadership training, competitive benefits and online training opportunities—each encouraging associates to engage in their personal growth.

Beyond our valued associates, Plastipak strives to have a positive impact on improving the communities in which we live and operate. We continually participate in community investment initiatives across the globe such as scholarship programs, corporate sponsorships and partnerships with local schools to support organizations and individuals in reaching their highest potential.

An initiative that hits close to our mission as a packaging company is educating our communities about the importance of recycling. Plastipak recognizes that real environmental change comes when everyone works together, and by educating the communities where we operate on the importance of sustainability and recycling, we can work towards a goal of a global alliance.

Accountability

Supporting our overall ESG mission, the Accountability pillar ensures that the highest standards of integrity and fairness are upheld throughout our enterprise and value chain. We strive to show our value for responsible sourcing, diversity within our business and supply chain and upholding standards for the highest business ethics.

At Plastipak our most valuable asset is our people, our internal policies reflect employment-related laws and the importance of providing the best environment for associates. Plastipak works to identify and resolve ethical matters by engaging in proactive communication with our associates and stakeholders.

An important step in accountability involves encouraging and embracing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) at Plastipak. In 2021, we created a new Diversity Manager position to formalize our DE&I strategy and set goals for continued improvement. 

In an effort to promote diversity externally, Plastipak established policies in the early 1990s to ensure we engage with a diverse network of suppliers. In 2021, over 200 million dollars were spent on goods and services from more than 40 women-and-minority-owned suppliers.

We’re Heading to Germany:
What to expect at Drinktec 2022

August 2022

Drinktec—the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry is less than a month away.

Typically held every four years, Drinktec brings together thousands of beverage and liquid food global industry leaders from around the world for the opportunity to connect and share their products and discover the latest innovations.

A great opportunity to get in front of countless food and beverage producers and retailers, Plastipak is thrilled to be attending the trade fair in Munich, Germany in person this year for the first time since 2017.

This year, our team will showcase a variety of our award-winning and innovative resin and packaging solutions and discuss our latest initiatives. Read on for a sneak peek at what you can expect from us at Drinktec 2022.

ESG Initiatives

Sustainability has been at the center of everything we do at Plastipak since our inception. That’s why we are hyper-focused on implementing sustainable practices, developing a supportive work environment, and always acting responsibly across our global operations.

Members of our ESG team, Jack and Kinza, will be on-stand throughout the trade fair, so please come and talk to us about our initiatives and the ways we’ve continued to develop our environmental, social and governance standards.

Sustainable Solutions

At Plastipak, we constantly strive to reduce the impact of our operations and products on the environment, with circularity and carbon footprint reduction acting as foundations of our business.

As well as our fully recyclable packaging and latest light-weighting technologies, we’ll be showcasing our specialty and lower-carbon virgin PET resin, alongside our bottle-grade recycled PET – solutions that support our customers  in their goals to reduce emissions and drive circularity

Creative Collaboration

Plastipak’s success in innovation would not be possible without the participation of our customers. The Plastipak Creative Package Studio allows customers to collaborate with our talented team of designers and engineering experts to overcome packaging challenges by providing a space for ideating and developing designs and prototypes for new product solutions.

Guests interested in discovering what the Creative Package Studio has to offer can stop by our during the trade show to see  Plastipak associates Mina and Laurence create a packaging design in person.

Innovative Technologies

At Plastipak, we believe innovation in technology drives a competitive edge in custom packaging solutions. During the five-day event, our associates will showcase several of our innovative technologies, including:

    • Barrier Technologies — Plastipak’s monolayer and multilayer barrier technologies protect beverages and foods by preventing oxygen or light from entering and CO2 from escaping maintaining product quality and nutrients, extending extending products’ shelf life and reducing product and packaging waste over time.

       

    • Hot Fill Technologies — An alternative to aseptic beverage filling, Plastipak offers various paneled and panel-less hot fill bottle designs that can withstand the rigors of hot filling—without forsaking product integrity.

       

    • Direct Object Printing — Plastipak is proud to utilize direct object printing, an eco-friendly printing technology that rapidly prints directly on rigid containers— eliminating the need for traditional labels, sleeves and adhesives.

       

    • Refill Technologies — As Europe introduces targets in the use of refillable bottle schemes, please come and talk to us about our significant capability in the design and production of refill bottles.  Our latest developments in this field include the introduction of higher amounts of recycled material, as well as bottle light-weighting without adverse impact on performance or number of bottle rotations.

Ready to explore the world of Plastipak? Visit us at booth 303 in Hall C5 and connect with our sales and creative teams to learn more about our recent initiatives and developments.

About Plastipak Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a global leader in the packaging and recycling industries. With innovation as a key driver, Plastipak operates over 60 sites in the United States, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, with more than 6,000 employees. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 500 U.S. patents for its state-of- the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. Plastipak’s development of award-winning technologies and commitment to sustainability reflect its dedication to putting Consumers First, Always!™ Plastipak was founded in 1967, and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website www.plastipak.com. Statements in this press release concerning Plastipak’s intentions, expectations or predictions about future results or events are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any such statements.

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Plastipak Expands PET Recycling Capacity in Luxembourg

January 26, 2022

Plastipak, Ellice Way, Wrexham Technology Park, Wrexham LL13 7YL, United Kingdom

Plastipak, a global leader in the design, manufacture and recycling of plastic containers has completed a major investment to significantly expand its PET recycling capacity at its manufacturing site in Bascharage, Luxembourg.

The original PET recycling facility in Luxembourg opened in 2008 and this new expansion increases annual production capacity by 136%. The installation and commissioning of the expansion took 12 months and has officially opened.

The recycling facility is co-located with Plastipak’s flagship preform and container manufacturing facility and converts washed rPET flakes originating from post-consumer bottles into food-grade recycled PET (rPET) pellets.

The rPET produced at the site is converted into new preforms and containers produced at the Bascharage facility, which principally serves the German and Benelux food and beverage markets. The expansion complements Plastipak’s existing recycling facilities in France, UK and USA, and follows the recent announcement of a new recycling facility at its plant in Toledo, Spain.

“This latest investment to increase our capacity in rPET production actively demonstrates Plastipak’s long-term commitment to bottle-to-bottle recycling and our leadership in the PET circular economy” explained Pedro Martins, Executive Managing Director of Plastipak’s European division. “Plastipak is the leading producer of food-grade rPET in Europe, with the majority of the post-consumer recycled material we use in Europe produced in-house”.

“Plastipak began producing post-consumer recycled resins for packaging customers in 1989, and has had many expansions in North America and Europe since then. We are excited to continue supporting our global packaging customers in achieving their sustainability goals” said Dave Stajninger, Plastipak’s Global recycling Business Manager.

Plastipak is a major convertor of recycled PET, which represents 27% of the total resin consumed in Plastipak’s European sites in 2020. At the site of this latest rPET expansion, Bascharage, the proportion of recycled resin consumed in 2020 was 45.3%.

About Plastipak Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a global leader in the packaging and recycling industries. With innovation as a key driver, Plastipak operates over 60 sites in the United States, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, with more than 6,000 employees. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 500 U.S. patents for its state-of- the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. Plastipak’s development of award-winning technologies and commitment to sustainability reflect its dedication to putting Consumers First, Always!™ Plastipak was founded in 1967, and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website www.plastipak.com. Statements in this press release concerning Plastipak’s intentions, expectations or predictions about future results or events are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any such statements.

Plastipak’s Clean Tech and BioteCH4 form Unique Partnership to Power Recycling Operation

June 2021

Producing Clean, Green Energy

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Plastipak, a leading rigid plastic packaging producer and recycler, has teamed up with anaerobic digestion (AD) operator BioteCH4 to deliver a low carbon solution to power its Clean Tech PET recycling plant.

Based in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, BioteCH4 operates an anaerobic digestion plant, recycling over 90,000 tonnes of food waste per year. Anaerobic digestion is a complex biological process involving the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of air in large, sealed and insulated vessels with controlled heating and mixing.

Food waste enters a sealed building where it is processed into a liquid slurry and pumped into the anaerobic digestion plant. It is here that bacteria feed on the food waste and produce biogas. This biogas is captured and used as fuel in CHP (combined heat and power) engines to produce electricity or is sent through a gas filter and sent directly to the gas grid.

Powering our Recycling Processes

The digestate or biofertilizer produced undergoes pasteurization to destroy pathogens and is used as a high nutrient biofertilizer on farmland, replacing fossil-fuel derived fertilizers. This ensures a complete loop of carbon and energy capture.

Clean Tech, wholly owned by Plastipak, is the UK’s leading PET plastic reprocessor, recycling more than 80,000 tonnes of post-consumer PET bottles and packaging per year, collected through the curbside recycling system. The food-grade recycled resin produced at Clean Tech is used to manufacture new PET preforms, bottles and containers for well-known FMCG brands at parent company Plastipak’s UK plant in north Wales. This process is known as bottle-to-bottle recycling, and keeps the PET plastic in a closed loop, so it can be recycled time and time again.

Clean Tech and BioteCH4 are neighbors, with just a road separating the two plants. Following the creation of this new partnership, the electricity generated through the CHP process at BioteCH4 is connected directly to Clean Tech to power the recycling process.

“The use of clean, green energy generated through the recycling of food waste fits perfectly with Clean Tech and Plastipak’s ethos of plastic closed-loop recycling. In their own rights, Clean Tech and BioteCH4 are perfect examples of the circular economy in action, and this is a pragmatic yet unique partnership that combines the core activities of both companies to deliver a leading, low carbon end product of recycled PET resin,” said Chris Brown, Managing Director of Clean Tech.

Recycled PET resin has a lower carbon footprint than virgin (new) resin and is used as a direct replacement in proportions from 25% to 100% in new bottles. Leading FMCG brands have long-term commitments to the use of recycled PET, driven by a combination of CSR policies, legislation, and voluntary commitments such as the UK Plastics Pact.

Sam Tingle, Marketing & Brand Manager of BioteCH4 said, “As one of the leading anaerobic digestion operators in the UK, we have the knowledge and experience to deal with considerable volumes of food waste generated across a variety of business sectors and local authorities. We are delighted to partner with Clean Tech and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) operators in the UK, transforming food waste for good. Across our sites we handle the collection and transportation of food waste, oils and fats recycling.

We provide a cost-effective solution for local authorities and the commercial sector, understanding and delivering on all food waste requirements. We have a number of AD sites across the country including a highly versatile waste transfer station, giving us the capacity to handle large volumes of food waste from a variety of sectors.

All our plant locations, Local Generation, Hemswell Biogas, R100, Changing Waste, Changing Waste North West, Thornfield Energy, Holme Bioenergy, Harris Tobias, Stortec and WRD operate under our umbrella company name – BioteCH4 Ltd. https://bioteCH4.co.uk/ ; enquiries@ch4mail.com

About Plastipak

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a global leader in plastic packaging and recycling solutions. With innovation as a key driver, Plastipak operates over 60 sites in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, with more than 6,000 employees. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 500 U.S. patents for its state-of- the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. Plastipak’s development of award-winning technologies and commitment to sustainability reflect its dedication to putting Consumers First, Always!™ Plastipak was founded in 1967, and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website www.plastipak.com.

Statements in this press release concerning Plastipak’s intentions, expectations or predictions about future results or events are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any such statements.

About BioteCH4

BioteCH4 is one of the leading Anaerobic Digestion (AD) operators in the UK, transforming food waste for good. Across our sites we handle the collection and transportation of food waste, oils and fats recycling.

We provide a cost-effective solution for local authorities and the commercial sector, understanding and delivering on all food waste requirements. We have a number of AD sites across the country including a highly versatile waste transfer station, giving us the capacity to handle large volumes of food waste from a variety of sectors.

All our plant locations, Local Generation, Hemswell Biogas, R100, Changing Waste, Changing Waste North West, Thornfield Energy, Holme Bioenergy, Harris Tobias, Stortec and WRD operate under our umbrella company name – BioteCH4 Ltd. https://bioteCH4.co.uk/ ; enquiries@ch4mail.com

Plastipak Makes Donation to Forgotten Harvest Programs

June 3, 2021

Plymouth, MI

In an effort to help fight hunger, Plastipak made a generous donation to support Forgotten Harvest programs.

Forgotten Harvest, a non-profit organization located in Oak Park, Michigan, has fought hunger and nutritious food waste for more than 30 years. The organization serves the metro Detroit families who are food-insecure and struggle to cover the cost of basic life necessities. In addition to collecting food surpluses from sources such as grocery stores, markets, and restaurants, its work has expanded to also include fresh food grown at Forgotten Harvest Farms.

“We are very grateful for our partnership with Plastipak Holdings and for their leadership gift commitment to help our community and the belief in our vision of significantly reducing hunger and food insecurity while creating healthier and stronger neighborhoods,” says Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest.

“In keeping with one of our core values in caring for others, Plastipak wanted to do something impactful to assist children and families who are hungry and in need of help,” says William C. Young, President and CEO of Plastipak. “We know Forgotten Harvest will utilize this gift well to help children thrive, and it will create better health and quality of life outcomes for so many families in metro Detroit.”

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a global leader in plastic packaging and recycling solutions. With innovation as a key driver, Plastipak operates over 60 sites in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, with more than 6,000 employees. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 500 U.S. patents for its state-of- the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. Plastipak’s development of award-winning technologies and commitment to sustainability reflect its dedication to putting Consumers First, Always!™ Plastipak was founded in 1967, and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website www.plastipak.com.

Recycling is Top of the Agenda for Plastipak as Major Investment Announced in Spain

May 13, 2021

Plastipak Packaging, Ellice Way, Wrexham Technology Park, Wrexham LL13 7YL, United Kingdom

Plastipak, a global leader in the design, manufacture and recycling of plastic containers has announced a major investment in recycling at its manufacturing site in Toledo, Spain. The new recycling facility will convert PET flake into food-grade recycled PET (rPET) pellets suitable for direct use in new preforms, bottles and containers.

The new facility will be co-located with the current preform and container manufacturing plant facilitating additional carbon savings through the elimination of resin transport. The new recycling plant will produce 20,000 tons of food-grade pellet per year and will commence production in the summer of 2022. The project will create approximately 14 new jobs and include additional manufacturing and warehouse space.

Pedro Martins, Plastipak’s Executive Managing Director Europe, explained “The investment in a new recycling facility in Spain will support both Plastipak and our customers in fulfilling our commitments to corporate social responsibility. The project comes in advance of minimum levels of recycled content mandated by the Single Use Plastics Directive, and will support brand owners to reduce their financial obligations under the planned Spanish plastics tax.”

This will be Plastipak’s fifth global location producing recycled PET (rPET) and confirms Plastipak as the largest producer of bottle-grade recycled PET in Europe. With three long-established rPET facilities in Europe (France, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom), Plastipak already produces well over 130,000 tonnes of recycled PET in Europe. Plastipak also operates a HDPE and PET recycling plant in the US.

Jack Pacente, VP Global Sustainability, said “With over 30 years recycling expertise, Plastipak has led the way in the PET circular economy, with our long-standing business strategy of bottle-to-bottle recycling, using the output to directly support our preform and bottle manufacturing. We are delighted to announce this latest round of significant investment to support the growing demand for rPET in the Spanish market.”

Plastipak Packaging, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings, Inc., is a global leader in plastic packaging and recycling solutions. With innovation as a key driver, Plastipak operates over 60 sites in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, with more than 6,000 employees. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected and recognized consumer brands. Plastipak is a leading innovator in the packaging industry, holding more than 500 U.S. patents for its state-of- the-art package designs and manufacturing processes. Plastipak’s development of award-winning technologies and commitment to sustainability reflect its dedication to putting Consumers First, Always!™ Plastipak was founded in 1967, and is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. Additional information about Plastipak can be found at its website www.plastipak.com.

Statements in this press release concerning Plastipak’s intentions, expectations or predictions about future results or events are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any such statements.

Contact

Kinza Sutton
Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability – Europe
Kinza.Sutton@plastipak.eu
+44 7702 718290