LC Packaging and Veolia Netherlands sign strategic partnership to reduce flexible packaging waste globally

In Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel (Netherlands), the international flexible packaging producer and distributor LC Packaging and Veolia signed yesterday a strategic partnership aimed at minimising residual waste streams related to flexible packaging on a global scale. The aim is to create a circular economy loop for flexible packaging optimising recovery and recycling after-use, and so significantly reduce the amount incinerated or landfilled.

In addition to packaging solutions for the agricultural sector (cardboard, jute bags, polypropylene bags, nets), in 2018 LC Packaging distributed over 11 million flexible "big bags" or flexible containers, a large amount of which is produced in Bangladesh on an SA 8000 and ISO 14001 certified site. This year the manufacturer has opened a second site to meet the growing demand for flexible packaging.

However, since China and Vietnam closed their doors to big bag recycling, facilities for recycling this type of packaging are insufficient to cover global needs.


Transform used packaging into secondary raw material

The goal of this partnership is to extend this closed loop to the activities of many customers, sectors and partners in LC Packaging's flexible packaging supply chain. In this context, Veolia will be responsible for collecting and recycling the used packaging and transforming it into high quality compounds.

LC Packaging and Veolia have already launched a pilot flexible packaging recycling phase among environmentally conscious customers.

Our goal is to minimise and recuperate the waste associated with our packaging. At our own production location we already recycle up to 80% of our production waste and with our WorldBag reconditioning service, we are able to recondition certain types of big bags up to six times. With our extensive network in the supply chain, long-term relationships with our production partners and customers and our partnership with Veolia, we see the opportunity to really make a difference.
Lucas Lammers
CEO LC Packaging
With our technical and operational expertise in the upcycling of plastic streams we believe that in combining forces with LC Packaging we can take significant steps. When produced, designed and handled the right way, big bags are a high quality recycling product and thus a sustainable product. Coming up with suitable after-use solutions for this type of packaging is certainly high on the Veolia agenda. LC Packaging and its customers can provide us with both, turning the recycling of big bags into an opportunity.
Roger Beuting
Business Development Director Veolia Netherlands
Roger Beuting, Business Development Director Veolia NL, and Lucas Lammers, CEO LC Packaging, in the production hall of LC Packaging HQ in Nieuwerkerk aan de IJssel.