Innovation is the way to a sustainable society

That is why we develop new technologies for material recycling



In order to create a more sustainable society we must always dare to challenge the expected. Finding new innovative ways to give new life to recycled material is an important part of our work. It is all about driving our industry forward by developing new technologies for material recycling. But also in the way that we relate to our clients. We are your partner. And with our competence, we can assist you in developing and improving the construction of your packaging. This will not only reduce your climatic footprint but also make your packaging easier to recycle.

Development of new technologies for material recycling

Technological development for recycling concerns increasing the share of collected packaging that can be recycled and get a new life. Within a couple of years, Sweden will also enjoy the benefit of the world’s most modern and efficient collection system. But what is the benefit unless we develop new technologies for material recycling at the same time?

The last couple of years, our industry has been focusing on plastic as a polluter. However, plastic does an important job by for example protecting our food. One of the challenges is that today’s technology only allows us to recycle a small part of collected plastic packaging. Therefore, in order to reach a more sustainable society, we must find new ways of contributing to the circular economy. For us at TMR, this means that we work towards the target of 100% of all collected plastic packaging being used as raw material for new products or packaging. If the market does not offer good enough solutions, we will simply have to develop them ourselves. Our composite sleeper project is just one of those successful innovative efforts – and we are currently working with three other material recycling projects with just as promising results.

Composite sleepers

We have developed a sleeper in composite from recycled plastic packaging. The sleeper is used when building railways. Besides the fact that our sleepers have a 50% lower climatic footprint than concrete sleepers, five years in traffic have proved that the composite sleepers endure both damp, cold and heavy traffic without being affected. Extensive performance testing made by RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden, have given the same results and the tests point to an expected life of 50 years. One of the clients is Jernhusen, who have used our durable and environmentally friendly sleepers during the past few years to repair and extend the train network in Luleå, Gävle and Storuman in Sweden. An investment for the future. And best of all, our sleepers are not only made by recycled plastic – they are recyclable themselves. When the sleeper has served its time, we can easily grind it down and repeat the process to create a completely new sleeper. Because with innovation as a tool and a sustainable future as a vision, we are working towards a truly circular society.