ET Packaging Summit 2020

ET Packaging Summit 2020
September 17, 2020

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UFlex gears up To reduce Delhi-NCR Plastic Waste: Commissions India’s First Plant for washing & recycling of Multi-Layer Plastic and PET Bottles’ Waste


Of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic that has been produced in the world, a recent study states that a whopping 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste either lying in the landfill or swimming in the ocean. A meagre 9% of this plastic waste gets recycled. Reports indicate that by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic on this planet, if there isn’t an eco-system built to recycle plastic waste.

UFlex, a pioneer in Multilayer Plastic Manufacturing and Waste recycling, is scaling up its recycling strength to help build a circular economy, by the way of setting up two lines that will wash and recycle post-consumer waste and subsequently give a second life to plastics. This pilot plant in its Noida facility commenced its operations and is aimed to mitigate the piling plastic dumps in Delhi–NCR by recycling collected post-consumer waste PET Bottles and Multi-layer Plastic packaging into chips and granules, put into further use to make products with economic value. In line with its global sustainability campaign ‘Project Plastic Fix’, UFlex will steer its efforts towards keeping plastic in the economy and out of the environment, converting waste into wealth.

On the launch of this facility, Mr. Jeevaraj Pillai, Jt. President- Packaging & New Product Development, UFlex said, “The problem of discarded plastic is escalating and alarming. India alone generates 26,000 tons of plastic waste every day. Need of the hour is to enable a system where plastic is collected, properly cleaned and then recycled. Our Noida plant is one such initiative that we have made in this direction to solve the plastic waste crisis around us and Delhi-NCR is set to benefit from it. With recycling plants as this coming up at various locations, UFlex will have a capacity to recycle more than 3000 MT of plastic waste a month and we aim to build the largest infrastructure for recycling of plastic waste.”

Throwing light on the company’s focus towards environment protection, Mr. Dinesh Jain, President – Legal and Corporate Affairs at UFlex said, “We believe in co-existence of sustainability and business, and it is incumbent on us to take care of our environment with ethical and safe practices such that the utility of our product persists without any harm to the environment. We have ensured that these two lines follow a zero-emission practice to convert MLP and PET bottles waste into recoverable.”

UFlex is India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company and a leading global player in Polymer Sciences. Since its inception back in 1985, UFlex has grown from strength to strength to evolve as a truly Indian Multinational with consumers spread across the world. UFlex today has state-of-the-art packaging facilities at multiple locations in India with installed capacity of around 1,35,000 TPA and has packaging film manufacturing facilities in India, UAE, Mexico Egypt, Poland and USA.