PET becoming a valuable raw material in Mexico

Waste recycling rates tend to be low in emerging countries. These lack the collection systems needed to establish a circular economy for secondary raw materials. In Mexico, the recycling company IMER, a joint venture with ALPLA, is successfully bucking this trend.

The packaging plastic PET in particular can be kept in the materials cycle for a long time by means of bottle-to-bottle recycling. However, municipal and private waste disposal in Mexico currently involves next to no waste sorting and recycling. The company Industria Mexicana de Reciclaje, S.A. de C.V. (IMER) therefore has its sights set on the initiative of individuals. Via distribution points, private waste collectors provide the IMER recycling plant in Toluca approximately 65 kilometres south-west of Mexico City with plastic waste. IMER is a joint venture between the packaging manufacturer ALPLA, Coca-Cola Mexico and Coca-Cola FEMSA.

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