Good practices and investments related to Cleaner Production
Example No. 80
Creating a closed loop of paper tubes for film and bags, through a system of collecting them from customers and reusing them in the production process
ARTFOL Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp.k., Piotrków Trybunalski
Industry branch: plastics
Main products: LDPE and HDPE films, LDPE and HDPE film packaging, bags, LDPE, HDPE and PP film bags
Resources in question:
The steadily increasing cost of buying new paper tubes and the limited possibilities of sending used tubes for recycling (since they are produced from paper with an adhesive) prompted the company to organize a closed loop. While the use of empty tubes internally was not a problem, the organization of tubes collection and storage by customers remained problematic.
The company additionally intends to place an inscription on the tube: “RETURN TUBE – RECEIVER ARTFOL Piotrków Trybunalski (raising environmental awareness among employees and customers, building and spreading good ecological habits).
Obtained benefits and effects of the implementation:The project has been implemented recently (2022), but the following effects have been estimated based on measurements to date (concerning three clients):
- Reduction in the amount of tubes purchased by about 95%, which translates into about 2,280 pieces/year (i.e., about 10,260 kg/year) less waste generated on the customer side
- Savings from reduced purchase of new tubes: about PLN 54,700/year, according to Q3 2022 prices (payback period: about 10 days)
An important aspect of this activity will be the competitive advantage that the tube recovery service will provide. For example, the company has begun discussions with a potential customer who approached it precisely because of its ability to take back the tubes (to reduce costs and implement its own environmental policy).
- Report on the Cleaner Production Project No. 9ind.817, developed within the framework of the Cleaner Production Academy at ARTFOL Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością: "Creating a closed loop of paper tubes for film and bags, through a system of collecting them from customers and reusing them in the production process"