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SUSTAINABLE SENA PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT

A SENNOVA investigation recovers plastic bottles in the automotive industry and in the manufacture of household appliances.
Gerardo Calderón
Risaralda Communications Leader
2021/OCTOBER

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According to the international foundation Greenpeace, in Colombia, an average of 49 thousand tons of PET is produced per year, of which only 30% is reused. That is why SENA instructors and apprentices lead a project that takes advantage of plastic bottles, an idea supported by the SENNOVA Research, Technological Development, and Innovation System.
“The project is called: determination of the properties of a recovered PET material and aluminum silicate for industrial use as a contribution to the reuse of composite material in the plastic material of the Risaralda region,” said Gustavo Adolfo Fernández Ordoñez, SENA instructor.
We take care of the environment with this initiative of SENA Risaralda.

"A SENNOVA investigation that recovers plastic bottles in the automotive and household appliance industries."

For this project, PET bottles are collected, then labels, caps, and security seals are removed and grounded. The material that remains from this process includes aluminum silicate that then goes through the extruder machine, which presses in and forces its passage through the opening of a nozzle, where the mixture comes out in filaments (fine threads). Finally, the result goes through the pelletizer, a device that converts the waste into round pieces called pellets for industrial use.

SUSTAINABLE SENA PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT

An instructor explains how they do it.
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Carlos Mario Estrada Molina: SENA General Director.
Pilar Navarrete Rivera: SENA Head Office Communications.
Editorial Committee: Guillermo Martin, Karen Camacho y Fernando García. General Information: Journalists General Direction Regional Communicators. Design: República Audiovisual.