HOLLAND – A pilot project with recycled packaging for roofing material has been completed at the Kraft-Heinz production facility in the Netherlands.
The project, announced on February 25, was intended to demonstrate the use of roofing panels made from recycled flexible packaging. The test was made possible through the company’s participation in Material Reclamation for the Future (MRFF), a non-profit research group designed to demonstrate the economic feasibility of collecting, sorting and recycling plastic packaging.
As part of the project, Kraft Heinz used flexible post-consumer plastic material to install roofs in manufacturing facilities in Holland and Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The installation was completed at the end of 2020.
Kraft Heinz uses flexible plastic packaging across its entire product portfolio. The pilot project is monitored for performance against standard building materials. If the recycled material is as good or better than the standard materials, Kraft Heinz will consider standardizing the use of recycled material in the future.
“It was a privilege to be part of MRFF, which not only helped find ways to collect and recycle flexible packaging on the roadside, but also identify end markets that we could leverage in our facilities,” said Erik Groner, Senior Principal Packaging Engineer.
“Our test project underscores the company’s commitment to sustainable packaging and the priority it attaches to its environmental, social and governance commitments. Kraft Heinz continues to seek ways to make our packaging recyclable and to include recycled content in our supply chain. “
The project is part of a larger effort to create packaging that reduces waste, conserves natural resources, and ensures food safety and quality, the company said. From 2017 to 2019, Kraft Heinz saved around £ 13 million in packaging through nearly a dozen initiatives with brands like Lunchables, Kool-Aid and Miracle Whip.
Heinz has been present in Holland since 1897. Today the plant at 431 W. 16th St. employs more than 250 people.