For more than 25 years, Rymoplast nv has specialized in the recycling of plastic materials. We mainly receive LDPE packaging material that we sort, grind, wash and finally process into recycled granules: regranulate. These granules can then be used to make new film. In this way we offer certain markets a fully-fledged alternative to replace new raw materials in full or in part.
The big challenge we face in our industry today is to find a solution for the used and slightly contaminated ('post-consumer') film waste. Until recently, most of this waste was exported to Asia, but due to new legislation we now have to process much of it within Europe. On the one hand, this means that the recycling industry must build up its capacity to handle this additional demand. On the other hand, we have to look for new applications to reuse those recycled raw materials.
With the support of Flanders Circular, we invested in a new state-of-the-art washing plant, unique in Flanders. This allowed us to increase the quality of our recycled raw materials. In addition to our traditional markets such as garbage bags and agricultural foil, we can now, in cooperation with a number of partners, focus on a whole range of high-quality new applications. By offering partners more and more high-quality alternatives for new materials, we can make a substantial contribution to the circular economy in Flanders.
For us, this new recycling solution is certainly successful. We support Europe's decision to stop shipping our plastic waste to Asia and to start processing it structurally within Europe. We therefore believe that current and new markets will have a greater demand for recycled post-consumer raw materials. That is why we recently decided to invest in a third car wash as an extension of the existing capacity.
Furthermore, we continue to expand our processes in order to meet the market demand as best we can. Several projects and developments with partners are currently in progress.