Recycling

The Smartcycle

STEP 1

Sorting and collecting

STEP 2

Tests and traceability control

STEP 3

Mechanical recycling

STEP 4

Compounding

STEP 5

Tests and quality control

STEP 6

Extrusion

STEP 7

Graphic services

STEP 8

Flexo printing

STEP 9

Converting

STEP 10

Machine assistance & training

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Traceability

Step 1

ensure long-lasting and stable deposits

Identification

Mapping

Archiving

Step 2

guarantee the quality

Laboratory tests

Extrusion

Step 3

laboratory tests

SVHC

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effective recycling

Mechanical
recycling

Extrusion

Converting

Recycling
certificate

Case studies

Nothing is lost, everything is transformed! We convert your industrial and logistics packaging waste into premium consumer packaging. According to the principles of the circular economy, a single material has two lives within the same production chain.

STEP 1

  • Collection of industrial and logistical waste
  • Installation of a baling press
  • Teaching on sorting at source with the teams

STEP 2

Mechanical recycling of waste in our French factories

STEP 3

Transformation of the recycled material into premium direct consumer products

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Legal compliance

Our sites are certified and conform according to European standard ISO 14001.

The waste collected are certified according to the hierarchy described by European standard ISO 14021.

Waste is only collected within the European Union and Switzerland. They are certified in accordance with the European REACH regulation.

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FAQ

The acronym LDPE stands for Low Density Polyethylene, It differs from HDPE (High Density PolyEthylene) by a lower density, which gives it more flexibility and less rigidity. It is the most widely used material in packaging in Europe.

IT is usually a flexible, transparent or printed film, however it is very difficult to recognize LDPE from any other type of plastic. The best way to know what material you are dealing with is to look at the recycling pictogram printed on each package. Polyethylene is listed using the number 4.

Contrary to popular belief, LDPE is recyclable. When the material is well sorted, clean and isn't printed on too much, it is possible to recycle it mechanically to transform for a new usage of the same quality.

The mixing of materials makes mechanical recycling impossible without seriously compromising the quality of the recyclable material. This is why it is very important to separate the packaging according to the material it is made from, so that it can be transformed into new products. It is also preferable to create only packaging that is "single-material" and to avoid producing so-called "complex" or "multi-layer" packaging (= several materials mixed together) for the same reason.

As the market for polyethylene is still quite young, there is still no independent study proving the number of possible loops before degradation of the material. However, we did several experiments on a mini extruder within the Reborn lab® and noted an average of 7 cycles before losing quality. Beyond that, it becomes necessary to add between 10 and 20% new resin to and give it a fresh boost. To compare, cardboard is recycled on average 5-6 times on average at most, because beyond that its fibers become too small from being chopped up, which makes them unusable.

Unlike chemical recycling which is extremely energy intensive, mechanical recycling requires very few resources. It takes place in 4 main stages: the collected films are reduced to flakes in a mechanical shredder, then sent to a washer in order to remove any residual dust or other matter. They are then dried at room temperature in a large blower, before being heated just to 122°C to form new, ready-to-use granules. Note that the water is also at room temperature and reused in a closed loop after filtration, which allows us to minimize consumption. Mechanical recycling is therefore a very simple process that does not consume many natural resources, which significantly improves the carbon impact of packaging made from this recycled material!

The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) does not yet accept recycled polyethylene packaging having direct contact with food. The first steps towards this have been made with the authorization for PET. Polyethylene and polypropylene should follow from 2023 depending on the progress of research into the sterilization of the material.

Yes, the LDPE we recycle is fully compliant with ISO 14001 and ISO 14021 standards, as well as with REACH authorizations which set out the materials authorized on the European market. The recycled LDPE that we produce is free from SVHCs such as phthalates or heavy metals.

Entrusting your LDPE waste to reborn® has 2 advantages: the first is that you are assured thanks to a unique material traceability that your waste will really be upcycled, the second is that we recover your material sorted at source in a better way to conventional collectors who will take it to landfill or incineration.
Reborn® packaging is all recyclable, as it is made exclusively from LDPE. We insist that our customers limit printing and strongly limit the use of additives that can disrupt the recycling cycle.

Mechanical recycling of LDPE is a very simple process that uses very little water and energy. Chemical recycling, however, (high technology) emits more CO2 during the recycling of a plastic than the emissions from oil or gas extraction intended to produce the same plastic.

Reborn® mechanically recycled LDPE packaging guarantees the same properties and barriers as non-recycled LDPE packaging (barrier to moisture, dirt, resistance to weight and stretching), while producing half the carbon emissions.