Plastics

A separate arm in our group of companies is Galloo Plastics, a division that specialises in the processing of synthetics.

As a result of the introduction of the shredder technology on the one hand and the separation units for shredded material on the other, Galloo has been able to go further than ever in the process of separating out the various raw materials from discarded materials. However, at the beginning of the 1990s, we found ourselves having to deal more and more with synthetic materials from scrapped car bodies and other consumer goods (such as electrical and electronic appliances).

Throughout the history of Galloo, we have seen research and development play a prominent role, and this time was no different.

1992 marked the beginning of an intensive research programme into the processing of shredder residue.

Barely five years later, the Galloo Recycling Group and the holding company, Environnement 2000, established a new company: Galloo Plastics. The new processing unit brought a genuine revolution with it. Plastics from the shredder residue produced from discarded consumer goods and household waste could now be recycled on an industrial scale.

Galloo Plastics has since grown to become the European market leader in its field, recycling over 50,000 tons of plastics (PP, PE, PS and ABS) each year into usable granulates.

The vast majority of these secondary raw materials are destined for the automotive industry. The remainder is sold to companies in the construction, agricultural and horticultural sectors. Galloo Plastics exports granulates to most European countries, as well as to overseas markets such as Brazil and Mexico.

Each year, Galloo Plastics invests a substantial amount in research and development to enable it to achieve its ultimate goal: the 100% recycling of all thermoplastics from the consumer goods processed by the company.

This way, Galloo Plastics also contributes to a world in which sustainable enterprise is centre-stage. Let’s recycle!


Galloo Plastics processes plastics from three different sources:

  • discarded electrical and electronic appliances
  • scrapped cars
  • separated household waste

In the initial phase, the plastics are filtered out from the various streams of waste. In successive steps that have been carefully thought out down to the tiniest detail, Galloo Plastics succeeds in separating out the various types of plastic from each other.

There then follows a third phase in which we extrude the sorted plastics and adapt their mechanical properties.

This enables us to customise the granulates produced to meet the needs of individual purchasers, as these can vary according to the industry (automotive sector, horticulture, furniture industry, etc.).

Processes

Types and quality

Galloo Plastics recycles four types of synthetics:

  • PP: polypropylene: used mainly for automotive parts.
  • PE: polyethylene: used in plastic pipes, waste containers, etc.
  • PS: polystyrene: used in items such as plastic CD cases and clothes hangers.
  • ABS: acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene: used in the plastic parts contained in products such as household items (plastic feet/legs).

 

Galloo Plastics systematically conducts checks to ensure the quality of the raw materials it supplies.

The company is ISO-9001 and TÜV-certified (quality) and also has ISO-14001 certification (technical and environmental).