How Duranet recycles cutting waste

How Duranet recycles cutting waste

Sustainability and circularity are only increasing in importance. Duranet will therefore recycle all its cutting waste instead of having it incinerated.

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In recent months, Duranet has invested, among other things, in a machine to cut strapping bands and launched a selective collection of polypropylene coils. Now, we are going one step further: instead of having all cutting waste incinerated, we are now recycling it into new products.

The cutting waste problem

Unfortunately, when producing tailor-made nets, there is always some part of the basic material that is lost in the form of cutting waste. These are pieces of material that are cut off to create the desired net shape and they can’t be used afterwards in any future productions. Until recently, these cuttings always ended up as residual waste, to be incinerated later on. But these are pure and unused materials, making it particularly unfortunate they are not given a second life.

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However, this cutting waste often consists of long and narrow pieces of network. It is therefore particularly difficult to give them a new use, because the existing processing machines are literally and figuratively jammed with them.


Recycling cutting waste offers several advantages:

  1. Reducing waste: by recycling cutting waste, the amount of waste generated in the confection of nets is significantly reduced. This way, we reduce the amount of residual waste that is eventually incinerated.
  2. Environmentally friendly: by reusing materials that would otherwise go to waste, the need for new raw materials is reduced, thus reducing the human impact on the environment.

Long search

After a long search together with The Circle of Packaging, we found a solution to recycle this cutting waste. The polypropylene cutting waste will now be partially unravelled so the fibres can be recovered. In a next step, these fibres will be melted to make new polypropylene granules. These granules will then be used to make new products.

This way, Duranet takes another step in reducing its ecological footprint and making its activities even more circular.