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Kraft and Nestle back Enval's laminate recycling technology

Kraft and Nestle are to provide capital for the building of the first Enval commercial plant that will recycle plastic-aluminium foil flexible laminate packaging.

The plant will be based in Luton, although the exact location has not been finalised. Kraft and Nestle are part of a consortium of investors that have so far not been named. The cost of the venture is also under wraps.

Enval aims to take commissions early next year and begin full commercial operation soon afterwards.

The patented technology to be used separates the laminate material to produce clean aluminium, while the plastic is converted into a pyrolysis gas that can be used to generate electricity. Previously this type of laminate packaging was unrecyclable.

Kraft Foods packaging research development and quality senior director Perfecto Perales said: “We’re hopeful the Enval Consortium will build on our past successes with other groups that proved effective in driving the collection and re-use of post-consumer flexible packaging waste.

“The consortium brings together an industry group from across the supply chain, focused on determining the commercial merits of this promising technology for aluminum recovery in flexible films.”

Enval business development director David Boorman said: “The primary purpose of the consortium is to share the capital cost of building the first Enval commercial plant and drive awareness of the technology to accelerate its adoption.”

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