Closed-loop paper recycling
If you want to package your goods in the most sustainable way, paper is the perfect choice: it is renewable and recyclable. Emmi’s production facilities are always looking for ways to dispose of large quantities of paper and cardboard. Thanks to Model AG, there is now an economical solution for reintroducing plasticised paper bags into the paper cycle, which is good for the environment and the companies involved.
For the past ten years, Emmi has been optimising its Swiss production facilities with the “Emmi Operational Excellence” (EOE) program, based on the Japanese management method Kaizen. The core principles of EOE include continuous improvement and involving all employees. For the most part, suggestions for improvement come from employees. And sometimes a suggestion comes from an external partner – as in this case from Model. The Swiss packaging expert offers a solution to separating plasticised paper into its constituent parts, enabling the paper to be reintroduced into the paper cycle. Paper fibres can be reused up to seven times.
Good for the environment and the balance sheet
Many raw materials and semi-finished goods from other sites are delivered to Emmi in paper bags, such as chocolate powder or powdered milk. At the Emmi site in Ostermundigen alone, this adds up to around 300 kg of paper bags each week – all of which need to be disposed of. Until now, they were incinerated together with other waste, as they could not be recycled as paper due to the plastic coating. Thanks to its new stock preparation plant, Model AG can now recycle complex paper-based packaging material and reintegrate the paper fibres into the paper cycle.
This process is good for the environment, as it reduces the amount of fresh wood fibres needed and requires no additional transportation. It also has an economic benefit for the companies that use it. Emmi, for instance, can reduce its waste disposal costs by around CHF 150 per tonne using this solution.
This example highlights how innovative, technological and pioneering thinking can open up ever greater opportunities for cost saving and efficiency, even in already highly optimised production facilities.