Here at El Carmen Packaging Solutions, we understand that we only have one planet, and we must be part of the change. That’s why we place great emphasis on the circular economy.
This is demonstrated in each of our three plants.
We reuse our solvents in this plant, converting potentially hazardous waste from our flexographic printing process (used solvents from print orders) into clean distilled solvent for cleaning.
Annually, around half of the solvents we use at El Carmen Packaging Solutions have been recovered using our internal distillation process, reducing our consumption of fresh solvents by 45-50%.
Here are our figures:
| ||2017 ||2018 ||2019 ||2020 ||2021 |
|Total litres ||314.666 ||301.175 ||277.432 ||281.445 ||298.351 |
|New litres consumed ||174.816 ||159.275 ||139.273 ||143.263 ||160.675 |
|%Reused litres ||44% ||47% ||50% ||49% ||46% |
This is another example where we use internal waste as a raw material. Excess and waste polyethylene are used in the production of our bin liners and our 70% recycled bags.
Here are details of the approximate amount of recycled material we reuse
2019: 660 t / 2020: 565 t / 2021: 816 t
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Since 2019, we have been recycling 20% more paper and cardboard rather than sending it for energy recovery at both of these plants.
The following figures show that the % sent for recycling every year is on a positive path:
| ||2019 ||2020 ||2021 |
|Total paper and cardboard waste (t) ||688,26 ||687,83 ||719,34 |
|Recycling ||39% ||45% ||59% |
|Energy recovery ||61% ||55% ||41% |