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Transparent Containers Recycling

Commencing the World’s First Recycling of Transparent Containers

Commencing the World’s First First Recycling of Transparent Containers

Traditionally, it was Difficult to Recycle Transparent Containers

Unlike foamed polystyrene trays, transparent containers were considered difficult to recycle because their materials vary considerably. FPCO created an infrared material identification system through its independent technological development efforts. After successfully sorting transparent containers, it was put into full operation in October 2008.

Commencing the World’s First First Recycling of Transparent Containers

As they do for foamed polystyrene trays, customers can put transparent containers into collection boxes at supermarkets and other retail stores after cleaning them. As of March 2018, collection boxes for transparent containers could be found at approximately 5,200 sites all over the country.
Wholesalers of packing materials are asked to temporarily store transparent containers picked up by their trucks returning from deliveries to supermarkets and other retail stores.

Recycling Process

Conveying

1.Conveying

The transparent containers that are collected are conveyed to sorting centers in each region.

Manual Sorting and Alignment

2.Manual Sorting and Alignment

Containers are finally aligned manually to ensure that the material identification system is operating correctly.

Material Identification

3.Material Identification

The system irradiates infrared rays into containers to identify their materials.

Sorting by Material

4.Sorting by Material

The sorter separates the containers by material.

OPS   PET   Others
Eco Tray   Go to PET bottles and containers   Some home electrical appliances
Pulverization and Cleaning

5.Pulverization and Cleaning

Containers are cleaned and crushed at the same time.

Melting and Extrusion

6.Melting and Extrusion

The dried chips are melted and processed into pellets. * The cooling water is circulated.

Pellets

7.Pellets

After passing a quality test, the pellets are ready to serve as the material for Eco Trays™.

Eco Trays®

8.Eco Trays™

Eco Trays®

The sheeting process makes the pellets into Eco Trays™. Each Eco Tray is printed with the Eco Mark.