ECONOMYNEXT - Eco Spindles (Pvt) Ltd, a unit of Sri Lanka based brush maker BPPL Group, says it is recycling 20 percent of Sri Lanka's used plastic bottles into high quality polyester yarn.
The firm says its plant in Horana Export Processing Zone run by Sri Lanka's Board of Investment is processing about 250 tonnes of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles a month, which is about 20 percent of such bottles used in Sri Lanka.
Eco Spindles gets used PET bottles from a network of 125 collection points across the island.
"Our work is giving rise to a new passion for recycling at a grassroots level in Sri Lanka and our efforts are helping to drastically reduce solid plastic waste," Chief Executive of Anush Amarasinghe Eco Spindles, Anush Amerasinghe said in a statement.
"By developing products out of plastic waste that can be used by multiple industries, we are able to give organizations the chance to be more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly."
Eco Spindles has an extrusion plant in Maugama where yarn is made from PET flakes, which it says is only the second such plant in the world.
The firm also makes monofilaments for use in brushes and janitorial products. Polyester yarn is used in fabric used at MAS, Hirdramani and Hela Clothing groups, the firm said.
The firm says it complies with Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Restricted Substances Lists (RSL) and Oekotex Standard 100 to make sure that all yarn meets international standards. (Colombo/Jan09/2018)