PureCycle’s PP recycling tech validated in Nestlé partnership

PureCycle’s PP recycling tech validated in Nestlé partnership

March 14, 2019
Press Release: PureCycle Technologies

A new recycling innovation to make clean, clear plastic from recylables could help fix our broken waste system

The Lawrence, Ohio-based PureCycle Technologies is seemingly edging closer to commercializing its solution to breathe new life into old polypropylene plastic (PP), following the announcement of a partnership with industrial manufacturer Milliken & Company and Nestlé.

“These partners are helping us accelerate as we bring this solution to the market,” said Mike Otworth, CEO of PureCycle Technologies (pictured above). “This is a validation of our method and it will help us continue to move even more quickly as we make plastics recycling a reality.”

PureCycle’s patented recycling process – developed and licensed by Procter & Gamble (P&G) – separates color, odor and other contaminants from plastic waste feed-stock to transform it into virgin-like resin. Milliken, whose additives play a critical role in reinvigorating recycled polypropylene, has formed an exclusive supply relationship with PureCycle to help solve the plastics end-of-life challenge. Nestlé is working with PureCycle to develop new packaging materials that help avoid plastic waste, in line with the company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

PureCycle is in the middle of building the first plant in Lawrence County, Ohio, that will recycle 119 million pounds of polypropylene, producing over 105 million pounds per year starting in 2021. The momentum created by these new relationships is enabling PureCycle to open the plant’s feedstock evaluation unit, which processes multiple variations of feed-stock (waste polypropylene) to optimize plant 1 and subsequent plants.

Today, around 20% of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is commonly used to make plastic bottles and other consumer goods, is recycled. By contrast, less than 1% of polypropylene plastic is recycled. PureCycle is the first company to solely focus on recycling and reintegrating polypropylene upstream to highly sensitive consumer product applications, which are used in food and beverage packaging, consumer good packaging, automobile interiors, electronics, home furnishings and many other products.

PureCycle Technologies will make high-quality, recycled PP widely available for purchase across industries. This technology demonstrates P&G’s commitment to sustainability and helps in achieving P&G’s recycling goals – doubling the use of recycled resin in plastic packaging and ensuring 90% of product packaging is either recyclable or programs are in place to create the ability to recycle it. PureCycle’s technology supports P&G’s vision of using 100% recycled or renewable materials and having zero consumer waste go to landfills.

“Our approach to innovation not only includes products and packaging, but technologies that allow us and others to have a positive impact on our environment,” said Kathy Fish, chief research, development and innovation officer at P&G.

This technology has the capacity to revolutionize the plastics recycling industry by enabling P&G and companies around the world to tap into sources of recycled plastics that deliver nearly identical performance and properties as virgin materials in a broad range of applications.

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