62.5%
sorted waste
over an area with 3.1 million
inhabitants
93%
waste recovered
the amount of sorted waste
recuperated, going towards
a circular economy
150
thousand tons of CO2 avoided
with the plastic recycled
by Aliplast

The Aliplast Group, that Herambiente acquired in 2017, has 9 plants. The 4 foreign plants located in Spain, Poland and France, and the 2 Italian plants, at Formigine (MO) and Quinto di Treviso (TV), are engaged in the selection and procurement of plastic. The Ospedaletto di Istrana (TV) and Borgolavezzaro (NO) plants transform waste plastic into finished products, while the Gualdo Cattaneo (PG) plant produces finished products from semi-finished recycled plastic products.

Aliplast manages the integrated plastic cycle, transforming waste into finished products, mainly PE films, PET plate and granules/flakes of the leading polymers. Its main commitment is to make the plastic life-cycle sustainable, by collecting and recycling plastic to produce new materials, with the lowest possible environmental impact. Focusing on constant research, development and technological innovation (regarding products, services and processes), Aliplast manages a traceable plastics production chain, which is capable of transforming a disjoined chain into a virtuous circle and of ensuring high quality final products that are efficient and economically more convenient than traditional materials.

Waste treated by Aliplast (t)
% 2017 2018
Incoming waste 83,498 84,802
Secondary raw material from incoming waste 59,556 63,726
Incoming waste sold (material recovered from third parties) 18,865 13,974
Total incoming waste sent for recovery of material 78,421 77,700
% of waste sent for recovery of material on total quantity of waste treated 93.9% 91.6%

The plants treat waste from industrial scrap and from separate municipal waste collection. The 2017-2018 trend of incoming waste increased (from approximately 83 thousand to 85 thousand tonnes). This waste has been transformed into new products or transferred to third party companies that operate in the recycling sector (about 14 thousand tonnes). The Aliplast Group directly recycles a significant portion of the incoming waste and discards only a small percentage because it is made up of non-recyclable polymers or because of weight loss due to the presence of liquids. The reduction in the percentage of incoming waste sent for material recovery from 2017 to 2018 is the result of two factors: (i) the start-up of the PET washing plant at the Borgolavezzaro plant, which recycles PET bottles with a waste percentage that is typically higher than that of PE recycling; (ii) the choice – as a result of the external macroeconomic context – to reduce the collection of low quality plastic waste, to focus on high quality, more suitable for the production of finished products.

The secondary raw material from the incoming waste is used to produce recycled plastic products. In 2018 Aliplast sold about 84,100 tonnes of recycled plastic products (compared to about 80,600 in 2017). Of these, 76% of the content is made up of the secondary raw material made from the plastic waste.

The food industry demands high safety standards and strict compliance with current food industry regulations. Aliplast’s range of products, entirely certified at European level for food contact, consists of polymers in granules and flakes, and PET rigid film for thermoforming and extrusion, ideal for the production of food trays and bottles.

In 2018 Aliplast developed an IT tool for calculating the carbon footprint of five types of products, as described in greater detail in a case study in this Sustainability Report.