First PET Bottle-to-Bottle Recycling Line in Ghana

Mohinani Group, a third-generation family business group, ordered two Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ PET bottle-to-bottle recycling lines for its new plants in Ghana and Nigeria.

The two new systems will be delivered in 2023 and installed at the Mohinani Group companies Polytank Ghana Ltd. based in Accra, Ghana, and Sonnex Packaging Nigeria Ltd. in Lagos. While the extrusion and pelletising equipment is provided by Starlinger, the sorting equipment is supplied by Tomra.

A pioneer project
In Ghana, it will be the first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in the country supplying food-grade rPET that can be used for producing new bottles. Polytank Ghana is going to source the post-consumer PET bottles for recycling through partners and through the company’s own collection network. The produced bottle-grade rPET will go to Polytank’s preform production and also be available on the market for other packaging producers.

With this pioneer project in Ghana, Mohinani emphasises the importance of the West African region for the group. “Waste management is a huge topic all over Africa. As Mohinani caters to the plastics sector, it is a logical step for us to enter the plastics recycling industry”, said a company spokesperson.  “We want to close the loop for plastic packaging, and this is perfectly possible with bottle-to-bottle recycling. Especially in Ghana, where until now no closed-loop recycling exists, we are proud to be the first ones to do it. We opted for Starlinger equipment because of their vast experience in PET recycling and their excellent technical service.”

The West African market also plays an important role for Starlinger. For decades, the company has been installing its woven plastic packaging machinery in almost all of the Sub-Saharan countries, and many of the African plastics recycling operations that opened in the past years use Starlinger plastics recycling lines. This long-time engagement has led to solid knowledge of the market and the establishment of a well-working technical service network. With Starlinger branch offices in Nigeria and South Africa, customers can rely on fast and efficient trouble shooting and spare part replacement.

About Mohinani Group
Mohinani Group is a leading family business group employing over 5000 people globally in its multi-sector operations across various industries. Its activities range from manufacturing of plastics and packaging products to trade and distribution of chemicals, polymers, or consumer durables. Customers in Ghana include franchisees of KFC, amongst others. The group was the founder of the first and oldest packaging company in Ghana, Poly Products Ltd., and has grown its packaging business as well as expanded into new sectors both in Ghana and within the West African region.

A member of Mohinani Group, Polytank Ghana Ltd. was founded in 1966. The company manufactures high quality plastic and paper storage products such as plastic bottles and tanks, films and laminates as well as kraft cartons. Its production facility is FSSC 22000 certified. Polytank Ghana is a key supplier of packaging products to the majority of local and multinational manufacturing companies in Ghana.

About Starlinger recycling technology
Starlinger recycling technology is a division of Austrian-based Starlinger & Co GmbH, world market leader in the field of machinery and complete lines for woven plastic packaging production. For more than 30 years Starlinger recycling technology has been providing machinery solutions for the recycling and refining of a wide scope of plastics such as PE, PP, PA, PS, BOPP and PET. Starlinger PET recycling systems produce food-safe rPET and are approved for use in food applications by many brand owners as well as various national and international authorities. The worldwide sales and service support network and technical consulting service help customers to achieve optimum results in the manufacturing process.


Source: Starlinger (Vienna, 21 July, 2022)