Tomra equips recycling plant in Egypt

BariQ for Techno and Advanced Industries will use plastic sorting systems from Tomra Recycling in its new PET bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Giza Governorate, Egypt.

BariQ welcomed ministers from the Egyptian government, ambassadors, brand owners, equipment providers as well as local and foreign financial institutes to its expansion ceremony to announce the construction of the new bottle-to-bottle recycling facility.

The company revealed the new plant’s design to produce more than 35,000 metric tons of food-grade rPET each year while saving more than 80,000 tons of CO2 emissions. The new facility will complement a recycling plant that has been fully operational since 2010 and uses four of TOMRA’s sensor-based sorting systems that process more than three tons of PET bottles per hour.

To date, the company produces an annual amount of 15,000 tons of food-grade rPET that is compliant with the standards set by EFSA, FDA, Health Canada and REACH.

Meeting demand

Planned to be fully operational in 2023, the new facility will process 3.5-4 metric tons of post-consumer PET waste per hour. As quality demands become more stringent and the amount of post-consumer plastic waste is on the rise, the choice of future-forward sorting technology and reliable partners was crucial and led BariQ to Tomra.

“Tomra has been a dependable, knowledgeable partner for the past 10 years. Thanks to our close collaboration, their remote and on-site service support, and high-performance machines, we achieve excellent sorting results. While there are more providers in the market to choose from today, we selected TOMRA because they provide us with an overall solution that sorts all polymer types and flakes,” said Ahmed Elkasaby, chief operations officer at BariQ.

The new plant will be equipped with two new generation Autosort machines for pre-sorting PET bottles and trays and two Autosort Flake units for additional purification that includes polymer sorting by material and color, and the reliable removal of metal contaminants.

After the pre-sorted material has been shredded, washed, and dried, the Autosort Flake machines create a pure clear/light blue PET flake fraction which is then processed and transformed into pellets. The end product, a predicted 35,000 tons /annum, will be sold to global brand owners and converters looking for increasing their recycled content with food-grade rPET.

Elie Sandros, area sales manager Middle East and Africa at TOMRA Recycling, commented: “I have been accompanying the project right from the beginning and am delighted that we are part of this exciting project. Seeing the evolution of the country’s waste management and the technical advancements we made in the previous years, makes me confident that our collaboration will support plastic manufacturers in meeting their recycled content targets and curb plastic recycling in the MENA and MEA markets. “