20 000 tons of plastic products are directly recycled by the Barbier Group for its own production. The recycling and the use of recycled raw material in the manufacture of products is a part of the recognized and well established expertise of the Barbier Group and testifies its involvement in the objective of reducing carbon footprint.
The recycling policy established by the Barbier Group is based on three main action points:
1- MEASURES WITHIN THE BARBIER GROUP:
- Since 35 years, it has been recycling internal waste and has signed up to a charter for a rigorous management and cleaning of production facilities to prevent loss of raw material.
- The creation of a plant for the recycling of solvents used for printing
- The automatic sorting of all production wastes (metals, wood…) in special bins to avoid any dispersion.
- The creation of “e DEA” software to analyze the life cycle of extruded plastic product and their environmental impact. In partnership with the Elipso trade association.
2- MEASURES PROPOSED TO ITS CUSTOMERS
The Barbier Group offers its customers a supplementary service for collection and enhancement of used films.
Being the president of the association of agriculture, plastics and environment, the Barbier Group has contributed to the creation of a system for the management of end of life agricultural products in France. since 1992, Adivalor collects used agricultural film for recycling in France. Proven as an example, this approach will now be adopted in Germany and could be generalized in the European Union.
3- MEASURES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The Barbier Group is deeply involved into the collection and recycling of household packaging. For this purpose, it is building a new recycling plant, which will be operational in the first quarter of 2015.