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XV Edition of the International Processing and Packaging Exhibition for the Food, Pharma and Cosmetic Industry


Colombia on target to host the new UBQ Materials plant

The Israeli company UBQ Materials, creator of the process of transformation of household waste into 100% recyclable and sustainable polymers, considers the possibility of opening a plant in Colombia, in order to control the problems of sanitary landfills and climate change.

Colombia consumes 1.3 million tons of plastic per year and produces 12 million tons of solid waste, of which only 17% is recycled. According to the director of the environmental NGO Greenpeace Colombia, Silvia Gómez, "the panorama is terrifying because the most precious places in the country, such as mangroves, seas and rivers, suffer a huge plastic pollution”.

Responding to this problem that concerns Colombia and the entire world, Albert Douer Colombian and also a partner of the innovative company that promises in the medium and long term to control waste problems in the world, says that Colombia is in the sights of the company to be the headquarters of the new plant of this revolutionary innovation.

Although in Colombia 56% of the plastic used is single use as cigarettes, cutlery, lids or containers, according to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, by 2019 colombia consumed 575 million plastic bags less than the previous year.

The amount of waste produced in the world is increasing, but also more and more solutions are sought to control the damage that has occurred to the environment. Proof of these is the intention of the Colombian Government to replace 100% of plastic bags, with less polluting products such as cloth or paper bags.

Colombia has not been left behind with the implementation of measures that support the circular economy, a system that seeks to take advantage of resources in such a way as to generate the smallest amount of waste and reduce production to the minimum necessary, so that products can return to the environment without causing damage.

Additionally, according to Douer, Colombia is the Latin American country with the best laws regarding the circular economy. According to this, it is expected that after opening plants in the United States, some European and Asian countries as planned, Colombia will be the next headquarters and will become a pioneer in UBQ materials in the region