Pursuing Sustainability with Post-Consumer Resin

Michelle MachenMauser News

Post-consumer material is material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities that can no longer be used for its intended purpose. This includes returns of material from the distribution chain, such as used empty packaging, and can also be referred to as post-consumer recycled content, or in case of plastics material as Post-consumer Resin (PCR).
Through a process that includes shredding, grinding, cold and hot washing, drying, and pelletizing; used packaging can be given new life in the form of PCR, which saves valuable raw materials and protects our environment. In 2019, Mauser Packaging Solutions facilities across the global created 51,0008 tons of PCR material. This amount represents approximately 10% of our overall resin use in 2019.

Our HDPE recycling facilities in North America produce recycled PCR HDPE in both pellet and grind form suitable for applications including drain pipe, plastic lumber, truck bed liners, consumer-sized storage containers, as well as for use in the production of our own packaging. In the EU, Mauser Packaging Solutions offers Recolene, a sustainable HDPE post-consumer resin (PCR) material for high quality HDPE applications. Recolene is produced from secured inbound raw material streams that guarantee quality and performance that’s superior to the typical PCR material available on the market.

Why do we invest in the production and use of PCR?

The environment deserves it

PCR resin is one solution to curbing both the depletion of natural resources and the growing plastic pollution problem. According to National Geographic1, about 8 percent of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic and power the manufacturing of plastic products. That percentage is expected to rise to 20 percent by 2050. PCR resin provides a market alternative to virgin raw materials that are less environmentally friendly to produce.

Our industry requires it

In addition to responding to governmental regulations to reduce plastic pollution, the plastic industry recognizes the negative impact to the environment and has set goals to become more environmentally friendly. By converting used plastic packaging to new resin, we reduce landfill waste, reduce the reliance on virgin raw materials, and provide an alternative that generates less CO2 and greenhouse gas. The use of PCR resin enables our industry to move closer toward reaching industry sustainability goals.

Consumers and our customers want it

As consumers grow more environmentally conscience, our customers are seeking options to make plastic packaging more sustainable. Our specialized recycling processes create high-quality secondary materials that can be used to produce new packaging, making a sustainable contribution to reducing industrial waste. PCR resin production also creates a sustainable material stream for our PCR based product portfolio.

Mauser Packaging Solutions is committed to increasing the sustainability of the products we manufacture. In addition to providing high quality PCR HDPE as a raw material, our PCR product portfolio delivers customer with a sustainable, cost effective packaging alternative. PCR plays a vital role in creating a circular life cycle for plastic packaging.

1 Parker, L. (2018, December 18) Fast facts about pollution.  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/05/plastics-facts-infographics-ocean-pollution/