We created Qazaq Recycling with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to transform the way plastics is collected, produced and consumed in Kazakhstan. To this end we aim to recycle multiple types of plastic waste and transform them into new plastic products that are sold locally. This is good for us, good for our clients and good for the environment. We aim to make waste useful!
PE collection and recycling in Kazakhstan
We created Qazaq Recycling with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to transform the way plastics is collected, produced and consumed in Kazakhstan.
Our team has previously set-up the largest collector and recycler of wastepaper in Kazakhstan both in B2B and B2C sectors.
We are excited to be achieving similar objectives in the plastic space. Plastic waste is a big environmental hazard not only worldwide but also in Kazakhstan. Yearly approximately 750.000 tons of plastic are being sent to the landfill in Kazakhstan. Currently less than 5% of the total plastic waste collected is being recycled.
We think that things can and have to change. And change has to start today
Which is why we have already become the biggest collector of LLDPE and LDPE in the region and are producing recycled granules that are consumed by film and pipe producers and stretch film for packaging. As our understanding of supply sources grows we plan to continue expanding and recycle other types of plastics to convert them into more recyclable and sustainable end products.
We do believe that the major change in a way plastic is treated has to come from society
Its growing recycling awareness would help our business to collect and recycle larger volumes as well as incentivize other businessmen to invest in plastic recycling in Kazakhstan. We are working on a digital platform which is shortly to be launched that will help us reach the Kazakhstani population through an easy app and making recycling fun rather than an obligation. You will hear more soon. Join our movement and be part of the change!
Join our movement and be part of the change!
Tomas Mateos Werner
Recycling in Kazakhstan is in its early stages. The potential is huge though if investments in the sector are made; especially in a country that is one of the main producers of hydrocarbons and has set itself ambitious diversification goals into a green, circular economy.
We believe in the necessity of circularity and want to shape this change. We have assembled a young, committed team who share our beliefs and ambitious goals. The recycling of polyethylene is just the first step; change does not happen overnight, but we want to be present in other areas of a truly circular economy. We hope to see more and more clients, collectors, employees and stakeholders become part of part of our success!
Victoria was not only one of the founding shareholders, but our inspiration to start recycling plastic. Today, she provides strategic leadership and manages our day-to-day operations, making sure that our inspiration is turned into a tangible reality. “Despite the apparent external simplicity of the process, polyethylene collection and recycling is not an easy task. Every day new, more complex types of plastic appear, thereby making our work ever more challenging. That is why every QR employee can be proud of what we have achieved to date.”
Dana is one of the company’s founding partners. Today, together with other shareholders of the company, she takes part in strategic planning and daily operations management. Dana has extensive experience in managing various projects in waste management and recycling, implementing world’s best practices in waste disposal, as well as promoting a culture of separate sorting and sustainable consumption among the population. “The strength of our team is that we are diverse. People from different backgrounds all contribute to strengthen our culture and to create a leading circular company. ”
Head of Production
Alexander has been working for the company since its inception. He started as a worker and drew the attention of management due to his attention to the details of the production process and leadership amongst his co-workers. He has a deep understanding of the specifics of the polyethylene recycling process. He believes that team spirit and detailed attention to our processes are the foundation of our success. “We pay particular attention to the quality of incoming raw materials and are constantly improving our sorting methods. Thanks to this, we remain competitive. "
“I was always interested to work in a company that does something meaningful for our environment – when the offer came to join the young QR team I knew I had found what I was looking for. My goal is to transform our numbers into meaningful analysis to allow management to take informed decisions every day. I share the goals of the owners of the company and I like that in QR financial analysis has a central role to play in daily management decisions.”
At Qazaq Recycling, Valery is responsible for sales. He has over 15 years of experience is collection and sorting of recyclables and a first-hand knowledge about the market. “Selling recycled products requires an innovative approach and a deep understanding of our consumer’s production processes. That is why we ask for customer feedback all the time – we simply want to get better at what we do every day ”
Recycled LDPE is an excellent raw material for the production of various products, such as plastic bags, containers, dispensing bottles, wash bottles, tubing, plastic parts for computer components; its quality characteristics are comparable to that of virgin material, but are sold at a lower price. For our consumer, the use of recycled LDPE pellets is therefore a great way to reduce the cost of the final product, and solve the environmental problems associated with the disposal of plastic waste.
Stretch granules (LLDPE)
We recycle commercial and industrial stretch film waste to obtain recycled stretch granules (LLDPE). A technologically complex recycling process allows our granules to achieve high quality characteristics; we ourselves use these high quality LLDPE stretch pellets to produce our own (recycled) stretch film, or to sell them to other manufacturers. Their procurement departments do not have to compromise between quality and price and can buy an environmentally friendly product at a lower price: being sustainable is profitable.
Stretch film is widely used as packaging material in all kinds of production processes, in logistics and in trade. Its eco-friendly analogue, our recycled stretch film -, is not inferior to the virgin film in terms of quality, however, its use makes an invaluable contribution not only to the preservation of the environment but by being cheaper, to the bottom line of our clients. Promoting a culture of sustainable consumption is not expensive!