Trinseo partners with CEDAP on polystyrene application development

Trinseo partners with CEDAP on polystyrene application development

February 18, 2020
Press Release: Trinseo

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2020 exhibitor Trinseo, a materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, has revealed a new loop-closing collaboration with CEDAP, a specialist in sheet extrusion for the packaging industry

The partnership seeks to advance the implementation of recycled polystyrene (PS) used in food packaging applications by utilizing chemically recycled PS to develop and test food-grade recycled PS packaging.

Trinseo will further collaborate with CEDAP by lending technical expertise to support the development of a 100% PS-made yogurt container. CEDAP is currently participating in a project that is spearheaded by the consortium Citeo, including Plastiques Venthenat (PV), Amcor, and Triballat which aims to create a mono material yogurt container, including the label, lid and pot.

“This is an exciting collaboration that Trinseo is lending technical, processing and performance expertise on,” commented Nicolas Joly, global business director, Polystyrene and Feedstocks at Trinseo. “The implementation of a recycled PS in food-grade packaging is coming closer to reality as we work hand in hand with the packaging industry. Furthermore, the development of a mono material yogurt pot would enable greater ease of recyclability and, in turn, unlock the opportunity for a new life in other applications via chemical or mechanical recycling of PS.”

Trinseo is highly engaged in several partnerships and initiatives to close the loop on PS recycling. Recently, it announced a first-of-its-kind polystyrene chemical recycling facility to be built in Europe. Further, it is planning to offer an average of 30% recycled content to customers for polystyrene packaging in Europe by 2025. It is also serving as a founding member of Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), a consortium that explores new methods for polystyrene recycling. And, finally, it has partnered with the waste supply chain to help identify new ways to increase the volume and quantity of plastics disposed and recovered through waste separation.

Full PS circularity is a game-changer, offering a unique potential for closed loop recycling – with two fewer steps than recycling of other polymers. Depolymerization is an innovative technology for PS recycling, which has already proven to bring polystyrene waste back into a monomer – unlocking the intrinsic circularity of PS even further. In turn, PS circularity is particularly advantageous as it diverts waste material away from landfills, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gases and harmful emissions.

In North America, Trinseo’s joint venture, Americas Styrenics (AmSty), recently formed a joint venture with Agilyx, named Regenyx LLC, dedicated to fully recycling post-consumer polystyrene materials back into new polystyrene products. Through Regenyx, AmSty is providing customers with PS recycled from a monomer state, from post-consumer waste, known as ‘PolyUsable’.

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2020 will take place at Cologne Messe, Germany, on Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June. To register for this highly focused, solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

 

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