Workshops get renovated; the working conditions get improved. New modern restrooms, locker rooms and showers are installed.
Monthly output rises to 300 tons.
Purchased and set up is an Italian production line for Technoplastik PET Strap. Now, most green-colored flakes are channeled into its production. The manpower of the plant reaches 100 people.
Procedurization is carried out, technical regulations are enforced, a debottlenecking helps increase output volumes. In the depths of the tool workshop an own production of high-quality assembly lines is launched, which, in a couple of years, was transformed into a new machinery construction business unit of the EcoMechanics
Holding (hereafter – «RzhevMash»)
Both the production volumes and the number of use scenarios increase for PET strap band and PET flakes (now up to 500 tons a month).
Due to sorting sector reconstruction, bottles can now be sorted into all 4 major colors: transparent, blue, green and brown.
A preliminary PET bottles preparation and washing sector is launched, dramatically boosting the quality and productivity of the manual sorting. The workforce reaches the 200 mark.
The plant is given its modern name – Tver Polymers Recycling Plant. Flags with an updated logo rise proudly over the building. End of the year marks the purchase and launch of the second PET washing line, bringing the recycled output quantity up to 1200 tons per month.
TPRP's 10th anniversary is marked by a grand celebration – a cruise along the Volga River, a picnic and riverside sports, a presentation of a new uniform, the renovation of the venues. The anniversary is directly followed by large-scale modernization and expansion plans, which, as it usually goes, are carried out within the New Year holidays. Moreover, an adjacent building is acquired to launch recycling of HDPE packaging.
In January, the TPRP technical specialists manage to meet tight deadlines in fulfilling the 10-year anniversary Plan of modernization and expansion, making it possible to reach volumes of 900 tons a month as soon as beginning of summer. Before the end of the year, the preliminary work on the second workshop is over, which means now we can start to recycle HDPE flasks and canisters. It is in that building that we first recycle PE-PP caps in the framework of our partnership with 'Kind Caps', a charity project by «Volunteers to The Orphans' Rescue' fund
With eyes set on expanding the most narrow sector (color-sorting bottles) and creating a spot for taking in Tver's separately collected waste (as a part of a campaign initiated back in 2015), another sorting warehouse is opened with a productivity rate of 200 tons of plastic waste a month (PET, HDPE and PP). This innovation boosts HDPE sorting numbers to a monthly average of 220-230 tons. TPRP's socially responsible activity progresses, too: 2017 marks a collaboration with 'EcoBytService' to set in motion a separate waste collection project in Tver that involved installing over 500 containers produced by 'RzhevMash'(part of EcoPartners group of companies) and thus giving over half of the citizens access to waste separation.
The beginning of the year saw the long-anticipated launch of TPRP's first automatic sorting sector by TOMRA; the engineering of the sector was done by our 'RzhevMash' colleagues. This investment helped increase the PET flakes output volumes to 1,350 tons a month.
The monthly strap band volumes now reach 140 tons, PET flake volumes – 1,500 tons. Another adjacent building becomes our property, and, when renovated, will be home for the first specialized foil recycling line. Within the year the plant hosted over 200 visiting groups – competitors, media, schoolkids, government officials, auditors, international corporations' representatives, eco-activists – we are grateful to everyone for the genuine interest they have taken in our operations and contribution to development of closed-loop economics in Russia.
In April, the foil recycling line is launched, still undergoing modernization throughout the year, but gradually raising the output volumes. First optical automatic color sorting mechanisms begins to operate, significantly contributing to the purity of the produce. For the first time ever, the plant hosts multiple experimental attempts to recycle unconventional packaging types (multilayered pouch bags to coat hangers). Towards the end of the year, one more building, with an area of approximately 440,000 square feet, is acquired nearby to expand all existing production units. This step is a reflection of both the demands of the market and the investors' faith in recycling, closed-loop economy and Sustainable development values.
In the conditions of extreme PET scrap deficiency, a combination of production-modernizing operations is carried out, vibroseparation and photoseparation sectors for PET flakes are launched, allowing to stabilize and increase our premium PET sheet supply segment. The tricks of LDPE trade are acquired, with monthly output reaching 100 tons. Temporary 'silence' incentivized R&D and exploring recycling of new plastic waste and flexible packaging types, building a foundation for future growth. At the same time, renovation and engineering of the new building have come to an end.
In the beginning of 2005 an existing building is acquired at the site of the former Tver ChemFiber plant, and as soon as November the first production line is launched, recycling PET bottles into flakes.
The team learns the tricks of effective recycling, boosting monthly output of PET flakes to 200 tons.