We all buy drinks in plastic bottles but few bring them to special drop-off stations. And some people including some authorities believe that utilization of such materials in Russia is an achievement of remote future.
However, not far from Moscow, near Solnechnogorsk, since 2007 has been working the plastics processing plant “Plarus” – the first Russian enterprise that applies a unique technology of plastic package processing which is called “bottle-in-bottle”.
Advertising banners in Solnechnogorsk call people to throw plastics only into special containers.
However not all the citizens share the good intentions. Many of them believe that “Plarus” makes them breathe in poisons. The myth appeared when they planned to build some chemical enterprise on the place where “Plarus” is today.
Bottles are loaded to be delivered to the plant. The enterprise is going to buy a mini-press machine soon to transport less air and more bottles collected in the city.
The main problems of the eneterprise today is a lack of raw materials and support of authorities.
The final product of “Plarus” – granules from which they make bottles.
The granules can be different in size and color.
These are preforms produced from the granules. They are used to further make bottles for drinks and technical liquids.
Unfortunately not all the bottles are equally good for processing. Too bright and too solid ones are not suitable, like those red beer cans on the photo above.
In the first shop
Here they collect plastics and sort it.
Delivering for the initial sorting.
Pictures of the products which cannot be recycled (bottles of inappropriate colors, bottles with liquid, bottles with metal, non-polyethylene bottles, bottles which contained oil etc.)
In fact we should not buy products in such bottles at all. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible.
They are quite photogenic!
Final sorting is made manually, it’s a very important stage.
Upon the sorting the bottles are sent to special aggregates where they are divided according to their colors.
Then the bottles are crumbled up and divided according to colors with a special machine.
From this material those granules are made.
From here the technological process is controlled.
Checking quality of the granules with a loupe. They do it each 15 minutes. They shouldn’t have any impurities and their color should be even.
Final stage of production. Here they obtain the granules at the temperature of 280C with help of the extruder.
The extruder gives such “macaroni”
They are cooled with water and cut into granules.
Ready products, each sack contains about 1 tonne of the product.
Production from above