Hear from SIPA Spa

How has this unprecedented situation impacted your business and its involvement in plastics recycling?

For SIPA this is the second year of participation to the PRSE show, we had a very fruitful experience last year and we were really looking forward to the recycling show in March 2020 to further increase our knowledge, share experiences in the recycling business. Its postponement delayed the possibility to meet in person our many new potential business partners and customers, but we continue to give our support, present our technologies and exchange knowledge via all available digital communication tools.

What positive solutions/ opportunities have you found or used?

We’ve come to appreciate even more the power of social interaction. We will have to integrate it more into our business model, beside innovating our manufacturing technologies.

What advice or help are you looking for?

We would like to understand how this sudden crisis has changed the public opinion on Plastics and whether this will boost more positive attention: design for recycling, increase good quality collection etc.

What advice or guidance would you give fellow plastics recycling professionals?

We believe that due to Covid-19 people could start to value again this versatile material, realize it is useful and safe in our everyday life, if used, collected and of course recycled. The Recycling Industry has been struggling to demonstrate this value in recent years, as it was not sufficiently supported by the whole value chain. We should keep emphasizing that with the support of the whole Plastics industry and possibly involving health professionals, institutions to support the need for safe materials, we can have a stronger impact on saving the environment, while keeping everyone safe.

Is there anything that you are particularly proud of, that you would like to celebrate with the community?

SIPA is proud to contribute to the Circular Economy with tangible and effective solutions. SIPA Xtreme Renew system produces rPET preforms straight from flakes. It combines, in a single integrated plant, the Vacurema system from Erema – which produces a continuous, pre-dried, decontaminated, filtered, and IV-adjusted stream of PET melt, sourced from flakes derived from used PET bottles – with SIPA’s XTREME revolutionary rotary injection-compression preform molding system.

SIPA has carried out a life cycle assessment on its XTREME Renew process, so it can quantitatively compare its potential environmental impact in production of preforms from 100% recyclate (rPET) with a traditional process for producing PET preforms from virgin material (using a SIPA XFORM injection molding system). The results were independently verified. The LCA considered the contribution of the production of the raw material, transport of the raw material, production of the bottles, and construction of the plant. It showed that the global warming potential of XTREME Renew is 79% less – 0.74 kg of CO2 equivalent for every kg of preforms produced, compared with 3.50 kg. Comparing the XTREME Renew process with a traditional process for producing PET bottles from rPET, which uses granules produced from flake, the difference was still important, at -18%.

XTREME Renew is already being used by major food and beverage company Suntory to reduce its reliance on virgin PET. The hope is that other companies around the world will also make use of the benefits of XTREME Renew in the near future.