Palpa News - HoReCa June 2014
Suomen Palautuspakkaus Oy (PALPA) is standardizing the deposit markings on beverage packages.
Deposit based aluminium cans will in the future have the same oval shaped deposit marking as now used on petand glass bottles. During the transition period there will be cans on the market with either the new or the old deposit marking.
Beverage can recycling
We will include in our newsletters this year brief recycling stories of each package type recycled by PALPA.
In this newsletter we start with beverage cans.
The beverage cans returned from Finnish return locations are transported first to distribution centers and further to baling stations. The cans returned in manual return sacks are first counted and sorted to baling. It is very important that all the beverage can sacks contain only aluminium packages. Other packages (i.e. plastic bottles) in can sacks are not directed to recycling, but contaminating the quality of recycled material.
The bales of beverage cans are transported to melting plants in UK and France. The aluminium is directed to melting furnaces and due to safety requirements that moisture limits of the bales are not exceeded. Drink residues cause cleaning issues in the transport chain, counting and baling. It can also increase the accident risk in melting.
The melted aluminium is casted in ingots which are rolled to very thin aluminium sheets. The sheet rolls are then delivered to beverage can manufacturing. All the beverage cans recycled by PALPA will become new beverage cans.
Sorting of returns
Returned beverage packages from all three recycling systems must be sorted and packed to separate transport units.
Every unit must be marked with PALPAs identification sticker.
Stickers can be ordered on PALPA Extranet or by e-mail: [email protected]
Please ensure that you have enough stickers and the sorting - and return instructions readily available.
By sorting correctly you'll ensure the maximum recyclability.