Thursday, June 14, 2007

INDEVCO to Establish Recycling Company in Saudi Arabia

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Centers in Jeddah and Dammam will process PE film-grade waste and reformulate it into resin granules.

The decision is final. By the end of Q4 2007, INDEVCO Group will launch plastics recycling operations on the east and west coasts of Saudi Arabia. The company, to be headquartered in Jeddah, will collect plastic waste – particularly polyethylene (PE) film-grade plastic waste – in Jeddah and Dammam.

Plastic Waste Sources

Polyethylene (PE) film-grade waste will originate from four main sources:

  • existing customers of group members who generate suitable PE waste
  • sister companies within INDEVCO group
  • public and private-sector petrochemical companies
  • waste collectors who sort plastics
The materials will be brought to the factory and segregated into grades, such as clear, colored, heavy print, solid waste, and more. Plastic film will then be shredded and solid waste crushed. After being washed, the waste will be re-processed into recycled PE granules of varying grades.

Uses of Recycled Plastic Granules

Clear, milky and colored granules will be reutilized to produce non-food PE films for sacks, garbage bags, mulch film, and other applications.

Further, the company will compound recycled pellets with specific additives to produce special grades for cost-saving purposes.

Saudi Arabia is one of the largest producers of plastic in the world. Recycling is gaining attention in the kingdom, as evidenced by the first international Recycling & Waste Management exhibition held in Riyadh in March 2007.

For More Information
Flexible Packaging Division
Tellet Al Assafir, INDEVCO Building
Ajaltoun, Kesrwan, Lebanon

PO Box 11-2354
Beirut, Lebanon

Tel: +961-9-235-539
Fax: +961-9-235-512
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