18th March 2024


The ALPLA Group has been involved in recycling plastic and converting it into new packaging for over 30 years. Global Recycling Day 2024 will focus on the most important developments and measures that have taken place in the area of recycling in recent years.


ALPLA will produce around 35,000 tonnes of rPET per year at its new recycling plant in South Africa.

Used packaging is anything but useless waste. Quite the opposite, in fact – for ALPLA, it is a valuable raw material that is processed into high-quality recyclates at 13 of ALPLA’s own plants around the world using state-of-the-art technologies. By using recyclates, new packaging is created from used packaging in line with the bottle-to-bottle principle. This promotes the elaboration of efficient recyclables collection, allows regional loops to be closed and boosts the further development of sustainable recycling technologies. Recycling is therefore a fundamental part of a functioning circular economy.

The international ALPLArecycling network now comprises 13 plants – including four joint ventures – in nine countries: Germany, Italy, Mexico, Austria, Poland, Romania, Spain, South Africa and Thailand. The installed and projected output capacity amounts to 350,000 tonnes of PCR material per year – 266,000 tonnes of rPET (recycled PET) and 84,000 tonnes of rHDPE (recycled HDPE).

Philipp Lehner

‘Our top priority is to close loops for our products, create markets with post-consumer packaging and offer our customers the most sustainable packaging solution both locally and globally.’

Philipp Lehner, CEO

ALPLA’s aim is to increase the proportion of processed PCR material in all packaging produced to at least 25 per cent by 2025. In addition, all packaging solutions are to be fully recyclable by then. In order to achieve this and continue to promote recycling in the future, ALPLA invests around 50 million euros a year in the expansion of its own recycling activities.

For ALPLA, recycling is an important contributor to achieving global climate targets, clearly highlighted when the decarbonisation targets were submitted to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for validation at the beginning of 2024. By using PET and HDPE recycled material in lightweight and recyclable plastic packaging, ALPLA is making a significant contribution to reducing its carbon footprint.

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