Seize the Opportunity
Plastic Recycling represents one of the most exciting market opportunities in the emerging global Circular Economy.
According to Garnter, the global plastic recycling market is projected to grow from an estimated $ 85 billion in 2020 to $ 110 billion by 2025.
The global plastic recycling market is driven by rising inclination towards recycled plastics over virgin plastics because of high pollution caused by the plastics when disposed in oceans or other water bodies.
The growth of this nascent recycling industry is also being supported by very positive regulatory and consumer trends. For example, in Europe new regulations on Extended Producer Responsibility, deposit refund schemes, legislative mandatory single stream collection and a desire among consumer packaging companies to use recycled plastic rather than virgin material.
However, plastic is not a single material but a collective name for many different kinds of plastics consisting of a variety of polymers (e.g. PET, LDPE, PP, PE) and in many cases these polymers are mixed in a single plastic material.
The challenge is to create maximum value for end users of the various form of recycled plastics by creating a consistent and high-quality standard of plastic material while at the same time ensuring that your recycling operations are highly efficient.
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Digitalising your operations
The fact that plastics recycling is an emerging sector provides companies with the opportunity to adopt new generation solutions like AMCS Platform.
Managing a plastic recycling enterprise has become increasingly complex and competitive in a global economy. Each process in the value chain hinges on another – purchasing, quality monitoring, processing, inventory management, outbound logistics, invoicing so it is essential to have an integrated solution such as the AMCS Platform.
The AMCS Platform allows you to digitalise your operations by eliminating paper and manual processes across your enterprise and by providing customers and supplier alike with self-service options to engage with you.
For example, all paper forms such as job tickets, weighbridge tickets, stock taking forms, invoices, reports can be digitalised and automatically published on the Platform portals or automatically sent via email to your customers and suppliers.
All of your key recycling processes (e.g. material inspection, processing, outbound sales) can be supported by the best in practise workflows provided by the AMCS Platform so your operational processes can be integrated and standardised across your operations across multiple locations and geographies.
The AMCS Platform uses advanced mobile workforce applications, optimisation algorithms and portal technology to deliver this digitalisation.
This gives you unprecedented control and visibility over your operations, while maximising your operational efficiency and service to your customers.
For more than 70 years, the family-run Kaatsch Group has been committed to taking a proactive approach to the unique challenges of the waste disposal and recycling industry. Kaatsch currently operates six recycling companies with 200 employees and an annual turnover of around 160 million euros. In fact, recent studies showed that what Kaatsch does daily generates a savings of about 1.1 million tons of CO2 annually.
Karle Recycling is a medium sized disposal group with 200 employees. In their parent company Karle-Recycling deals with complete waste disposal, services, but mostly scrap metal. The AMCS/Recy solution is the heart of our operations and important for Karle Recycling. They improve all our processes in this solution.
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Returpack is the biggest player in the Swedish deposit-refund market. They are responsible for the collection, administration and deposits for 2,700 stores around Sweden.
It is all about the plastic quality
End users of recycled plastic demand strict compliance with quality standards given that the material is re-used in highly regulated industries such as food production, consumer electronics and the automotive industry.
Recycled plastic needs to approximate to the greatest extent possible commodity grade plastic to attract the highest sales price.
This means that a plastic recycler needs an ERP solution that can support the strict monitoring and recording of the quality of the plastic as it moves through your value chain from inbound receipt and inspection, through production, inventory management and then on to onward sales
AMCS Platform provides a plastic recycler with the tools to inspect loads, record granular details ( photographs, weights, composition and colour etc.) at all stages of the recycling process so there is clear visibility on quality of each load as well as the cost build up and resulting margin.
For example, our sophisticated mobile grading app, means that your team can accurately inspect and grade each load, so you are paying only for the actual grade material that you expected and contracted for.
Controlling your Logistics Costs
Given that plastics represent a low-density material, the management of both inbound and outbound logistics is critical as transport costs can represent a high percentage of overall costs.
The AMCS Platform recognises this challenge and provides tools to manage, plan and optimise all aspects of the logistics, ensuring that you can maximise your payloads to reduce your transport costs.
It offers best in class in bound and outbound transport planning and optimisation support to drastically reduce your logistic costs.
For instance, users of AMCS Intelligent Optimisation, have saved up to 75% in administration planning time while reducing the number of trucks they put on the road by up to 15%. Other technologies can give you just-as-impressive results.
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Getting ahead with AMCS solutions
You need to choose a solution like AMCS Platform which is designed for the recycling sector that offers sector specific functionality that are not available in generic ERP offerings.
We enable rapid business transformation, helping more than 600 recyclers worldwide adapt to new market conditions. Our technologies are designed to deliver operational efficiencies and grow protect your margin in the recycling of plastics:
- Detailed recording of incoming loads by polymer type (), state, colour etc.
- Rigorous grading and quality sampling of incoming plastic feedstock
- Flexible and comprehensive contract management to manage charges, rebates and claims
- Comprehensive stock management (e.g. raw material, work in progress and finished goods)
- Capture and reporting of production costs (e.g. shredding, handling, baling etc.)
- Management of outbound loads (e.g. photographs of containers & seals, shipping, exports etc.)
- Demand Planning
- Business Analytics
We’re also best placed to help make your recycling efforts more efficient for other streams such as metal, fibre, wood and textiles
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