Repairing – instead of throwing away – protects the environment and saves money
Protecting the environment, recycling and saving money are important global issues that are becoming increasingly important and are closely linked to each other. We, at LEISTER, are also constantly considering how we can contribute to this and present one of our solutions: The repair of plastic containers with plastic welding.
In Madrid, our idea already has been successfully implemented. Here, the public services have decided to repair waste containers instead of replacing them by purchasing new ones. Read how this decision was made and how the containers are repaired, in the following blog post.
Protecting the environment and saving money through recycling
There are an estimated 600,000 polyethylene (PE) waste containers, varying in size and color, in Madrid alone. These PE containers break down over time and must be replaced: an expensive cycle. Depending on the size, the price tag for each container is between €80 and €700. It is because of this cost, that the public services of Madrid started here. Instead of buying new containers, they made the decision that broken containers should be repaired.
Repairing containers, but how?
Sounds simple, but at first it wasn't. The first step was to repair the containers with metal parts or clamps, resulting in poor results. On the one hand, the containers looked frightening, and on the other, they were leaking. Seals were missing, and accidents and injuries were caused by sharp edges or protruding metal parts during garbage collection.
Solution: Plastic welding with extruders from Leister
A new possibility was sought...and found: Plastic welding. A good and obvious solution―If you use the right equipment for the right application. If you intend on repairing large containers with small hand tools—as was first attempted―and repair them in large numbers, it becomes a Sisyphean task.
Ferrovial Servicios in Madrid repairs 60 waste containers daily.
A better solution was needed: The LEISTER FUSION 2 extrusion welder. Admittedly, LEISTER devices and machines have their price. When compared with the cost of numerous new purchases of containers, extrusion welders are a wise and quickly rewarding investment. The process of waste container repairs was successfully established several months ago, much to the delight of budget managers.
An employee of Ferrovial Servicios Madrid repairing containers with a Leister FUSION 2 extrusion welder.
More and more plastic repair applications
Repairing plastic boxes or containers is an issue in many industries. Everywhere, reducing costs is always a long-running issue, even if it doesn't look bad financially. For example, we see countless possibilities for repairing plastic containers or boxes, whether large or small, in various industries.
Food and beverage industry
Think of the food industry: plastic boxes are increasingly being used for transporting fruit, vegetables and many other foodstuffs—from collection at the producer's facility, to the point of sale at your local supermarket. It is obvious that these boxes will incur damage and eventually will need to be replaced or, at best, repaired.
And where do all the boxes come from? Numerous companies are involved here, and they all have something in common: sooner or later they will need new plastic boxes, or they will need to repair them, save money, and protect the environment.
Plastic crates for the transportation of olives. Olive plantation in Morocco.
Plastic crates for the transportation of oranges. Orange plantation in Spain.
Are you interested in this?
Would you also like to save money and repair your plastic containers and/or boxes instead of buying new ones? Please contact us, we will be happy to advise you. e-mail
Do you already have experience?
Do you already work with Leister equipment and have experience in repairing plastic containers and/or boxes? We are looking forward to your feedback and look forward to your suggestions and new ideas. e-mail