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30 September, 2021 - 12:51 By Tony Quested

Enval makes history in Mexico’s war on waste

Nestlé Mexico is uniting with UK duo Greenback Recycling Technologies and Cambridge’s Enval to build the first chemical recycling plant in Mexico to achieve full circularity of food-grade plastic packaging.

The plant will process approximately 6,000 tonnes of flexible plastic packaging in its first year alone, eliminating waste on a massive scale.

Nestlé Mexico is the first consumer goods company in the country to back the circular economy by guaranteeing access to recycled food-grade plastics. This is the first time it has ventured outside of Europe for project partners.

The plant will use Enval’s microwave-induced pyrolysis process to treat difficult-to-recycle plastics and deploy the world’s only technology capable of recycling plastic aluminium laminates – splitting them into high-value oil and aluminium with a low-carbon footprint.

Enval’s technology transforms plastics into oil feedstock to produce new plastic, effectively closing the loop on packaging recycling and enabling previously unrecyclable packaging to become valuable and environmentally responsible. 

Fausto Costa, Nestlé Mexico’s CEO, said: “Making safe recycled plastics for food packaging is a huge challenge for our industry. Therefore, in addition to minimising the use of plastics and collecting waste, we want to close the loop and make more plastics infinitely recyclable. 

“This project with Greenback and Enval fully supports the mission of ensuring that our plastic packaging is not only recyclable but actually recycled. It also ensures that we are drastically reducing plastic waste pollution and supports our work with local communities.”

Enval founder and CEO, Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, adds: “This project demonstrates the importance of collaboration between companies at different stages of the supply chain to tackle the challenge of plastics in the environment.

“At Enval, we know that plastics are not the enemy and that these materials have a valuable role in our daily lives. However, we also know that there is no reason they should end up in the sea or on top of a mountain. 

“Our technology allows the recycling of packaging that was previously considered unrecyclable and we are delighted that our first plant, in collaboration with an FMCG as committed to sustainability as Nestlé and in partnership with Greenback, will be soon operating in Mexico.”

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