In Europe we produce every year 24 million tonnes of plastic waste and most of it is not recycled. The result is that only 5% of new plastic products in Europe are made of recycled plastic. (Plastic recyclers Europe)
ecoBirdy comes with a solution to recycle post-consumer plastic products and contributes in this way to a circular economy generating less plastic waste.
In 2016, we looked into existing recycling processes and started to make a plan for our own process. The main objective was to overcome barriers of recycling mixed plastics. Especially waste from plastic toys, which are considered difficult to recycle. We found the solution in a combination of manual sorting and adding technology.
Thanks to advanced sorting technologies we're able to produce recycled plastic with similar qualities as virgin plastics. The sorting process is labor intensive, but the ecological benefits make it worth to do.
The plastic waste goes through several stages.
- The collected plastic waste is brought to our partner, professional recycling center
- Every single object is manually checked
- The volume is grinded to smaller fragments and washed.
- Precise automated sorting
- Lab quality control
Throughout all steps of the production process the material is checked by people and machines to avoid contamination.