Palurec GmbH was founded in December 2017. Fachverband Kartonverpackungen für flüssige Nahrungsmittel e.V. (FKN – Association for Beverage Cartons) is the sole shareholder, with its headquarters in Berlin.
There are three companies in the association, Tetra Pak GmbH (Hochheim am Main), SIG Combibloc GmbH (Linnich) and Elopak GmbH (Mannheim) which have invested around 8 million euros in the construction of the Palurec recycling plant on the site of the chemical park in Hürth near Cologne. The first stage of production will provide capacity of around 18,000 tonnes input. The plant began to operate in Spring 2021.
The member companies of FKN produce around 95% of all beverage cartons sold in Germany and have been instrumental in setting up and expanding the recycling infrastructure for used beverage cartons since the start of the Dual System. ReCarton GmbH was set up for this purpose as early as 1991; as a service provider to dual system companies. This company organises the marketing and distribution of used beverage cartons from household collections.