MBA Polymers, the world-leading multinational plastics recycling company has announced that it has met the international standards of EuCertPlast for its plant at Kematen an der Ybbs, Austria.It is amongst the first post-consumer plastics recyclers in Europe to achieve the EuCertPlast standard. EuCertPlast is a Europe-wide certification program for the recycling of plastic waste, in an initiative co-financed by the European Commission under the Eco-Innovation Programme.
The scheme assesses good practice and the quality of input and output achieved by the audited recycler. A responsible recycler benefits from the certification through increased transparency which permits a quality guarantee which will assist an increased use of recycled material in new products. These can also be promoted under the Blue Angel label.(Note 2). The standard is focused particularly on the traceability and conformity of recycled plastics.
MBA Polymers Chief Executive Nigel Hunton commented, “MBA Polymers has always maintained high quality standards and procedures, but we are very pleased to receive this certification at Kematen. Many of our customers require very stringent environmental procedures these days and this certification sets the standard for these types of procedures and shows our customers that we are operating correctly.”
EuCertPlast monitor the entire recycling process, from entry of waste material to final recycled product, and checks if the manufacturer has the necessary permits for stages such as stock management, the recycling process and output. MBA Austria developed a system of compliance and at the same time also initiated a number of new operational procedures as well as making a commitment to further reduce energy consumption. It aims to reduce its environmental footprint further with plans for continuous improvement and regular reviews.
“Meeting this standard has been an excellent challenge for our team,” said Daniel Forstner, Quality Manager, MBA Polymers, Austria. “We have made improvements in areas such as auditing, process management, addressing areas of non-compliance and taking appropriate action. It is another important step for MBA’s operations in Austria.”