This is how it works
- Collecting from your home
Plastic packaging such as bottles, containers, trays, pots, dishes, bags and film can be put in the blue PMD bag, which is then collected from your home. That is convenient for you, because you don’t have to go anywhere. But at the same time, it guarantees maximum recycling.
- Sorting with advanced technology
The packaging that you put in your PMD bag is separated into fourteen different material flows. This is done in five brand-new sorting centres that have been especially built for the New Blue Bag. They are equipped with the very latest technologies to separate the different types of plastic from one another.
Drum sieves sort the packaging into smaller and larger sizes and windshifters separate the soft films and bags from the hard packaging. The hard plastic packaging then passes through a cascade of infrared appliances and other techniques that recognise the different types of plastic – PET, polystyrene, polypropylene – on the basis of the light that is reflected.
The sorting centres also use robots that can recognise packaging using artificial intelligence on the basis of photographs that are entered in the system. The last wrongly sorted packaging is removed from the flows by means of the visual follow-up check.
- Washing and squashing
Upon leaving the sorting centre, the sorted plastic packaging is pressed into large bales to make it easier to transport to the recycling plant. There the packaging goes through various phases. In most cases, it is washed, crushed and transformed into pure pellets or granulates that are ready to use.
Using various techniques, the pellets and granulates are melted and transformed to become part of new products, packaging or objects.