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Plastipak Forms Partnership for PET Chemical Recycling

June 25, 2019 | Plymouth, MI

Plastipak is partnering with Italian company Garbo S.r.l. to bring a PET chemical recycling process to market globally.

Subsidiary Plastipak Italia Preforme S.r.l. and Garbo S.r.l. have entered into an exclusive agreement in Italy to develop and bring to market industrial scale PET chemical recycling (ChemPET) for use in preform and bottle applications. Plastipak has been in the recycling business for 30 years, while Garbo has more than 20 years of experience in the purification of high value-added materials, BHET (bis-hydroxy-ethylene-terephthalate) from PET chemical recycling.

The agreement includes plans to expand the exclusive collaboration globally and demonstrates Plastipak’s continuing commitment to deliver innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. Garbo's chemical recycling technologies will further strengthen Plastipak's recycling and sustainability capabilities.

Chief Financial Officer Michael Plotzke visited Garbo's chemical recycling operation and commented on the new partnership. "It's really an early stage in the relationship, and we're very optimistic that it's going to work and it's going to benefit us in many ways," Plotzke said.

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