Our Company

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

June 29, 2021 | Plastipak Packaging, Ellice Way, Wrexham Technology Park, Wrexham LL13 7YL, United Kingdom

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.

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.”

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.

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 tonnes 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

Plastipak is Named One of America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes

March 4, 2021 | Plymouth, MI

Plastipak is pleased to announce it has been named One of America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes in 2021. Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to pinpoint the companies liked best by employees in its annual ranking of America’s best employers.

The ranking was determined by Statista as it surveyed 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Plastipak is honored by this recognition as it continues pursuing packaging innovation and recycling solutions around the globe.

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.

P&G Recognizes Plastipak with Supplier of Excellence Award

December 07, 2020 | Plymouth, MI

Plastipak is proud to announce that Procter & Gamble awarded Plastipak the P&G Supplier of Excellence Award in 2020. This prestigious award only goes to a select group of suppliers, and Plastipak was the only packaging supplier to earn this award globally. Plastipak has been honored to receive this award in previous years as well in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Plastipak supplies P&G with rigid plastic packaging for a wide range of products. Plastipak’s partnership with P&G is one of its longest standing customer relationships, and the company looks forward to future growth in their ongoing collaboration.

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 40 production 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.

Download PDF

Back to Newsroom

Plastipak Earns Two UK Packaging Awards

December 02, 2020 | Plymouth, MI

Plastipak is proud to announce it has earned two 2020 UK Packaging Awards for its Deft range of aerosol cleaning sprays. The plastic aerosol packaging was awarded the Rigid Plastic Pack of the Year and the Consumer Convenience Pack of the Year. The transparent aerosol containers have a low carbon footprint and can be sprayed at any angle, even upside down. The product is fully expelled, therefore preventing product waste.

The 2020 UK Packaging Awards were held virtually in a five-day online celebration, with winners being announced in a series of videos.

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 40 production 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.

Download PDF

Back to Newsroom

Forbes Names Plastipak One of America’s Best Employers

September 25, 2020 | PLYMOUTH, MI

Plastipak is pleased to announce it has been named One of America’s Best Employers by Forbes in 2020. Plastipak ranks on Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers by State” list, which was gathered by surveying 80,000 Americans working for businesses with a minimum of 500 employees.

Forbes partnered with Statista, a market research company, to pinpoint the organizations liked best by employees. Surveys were conducted from October 2019 through May 2020.

Plastipak is proud to be a critical infrastructure company making and recycling rigid plastic containers. The company is honored by this recognition as it continues pursuing packaging innovation and recycling solutions around the globe.

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 40 production 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.

Harry L. McKinley Safety Leadership Award

February 25, 2020 | Plymouth, MI

Plastipak is pleased to announce it has earned the 2020 Harry L. McKinley Safety Leadership Award!

The award is earned through documented establishment of safety and health programs, which have reduced the frequency and severity of injury and illness in the workplace. The award also recognizes innovative techniques and safety processes to improve safety performance.

The award is sponsored by the Michigan Safety Conference, which is a 90-year old non-profit organization that sponsors the annual safety conference for the State of Michigan, with approximately 2,500 attendees at their annual conference. Each year, the Michigan Safety Conference recognizes an employer who exhibits leadership commitment and strives for significant and sustainable results for environmental, health, and safety excellence in the workplace.

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 40 production 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.

Aerosol Insights from Plastipak

September 19, 2018 | Plymouth, MI

Please follow the link below to view the second edition of Aerosol Insights from Plastipak. This edition looks at:

  • The next generation of SprayPET™ containers
  • Q&A with Honeywell on its Solistice® propellant
  • Spotlight on Ashley Woods, Marketing Representative of PET Aerosols
  • Plastipak, proud member of the Plastic Aerosols Research Group (PARG)

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 40 production 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.