Recycling tie-ups: Total and PureCycle for recycled PP plant; Coca-Cola Amatil and Dynapack to build PET recycling plant in Indonesia

Total and PureCycle for recycled PP plant

French firm Total is to work with PureCycle Technologies to develop a strategic partnership in plastic recycling. As part of the agreement, Total undertakes to purchase part of the output of PureCycle Technologies’ future facility in the US and to assess the interest of developing a new plant together in Europe.

PureCycle Technologies uses a patented technology to separate colour, odour and any other contaminants from plastic waste feedstock to transform it into virgin-like recycled PP. The company, which will begin construction on its first plant in Ohio (US) this year, will produce 48,000 tons of recycled PP.

Total says it is committed to recycling plastics and intends to produce 30% recycled polymers by 2030. To achieve that goal, it is working on all types of recycling to improve the properties and uses of recycled plastics.

Total has pioneered with the production of some 15 grades of PP and PE containing at least 50% recycled materials. It has also become involved in mechanical recycling by acquiring Synova, a French firm that makes recycled PP for the automotive industry. The affiliate’s output will be doubled to reach 40,000 tonnes by 2021.

In the area of chemical recycling, Total has joined forces with Citeo, Recycling Technologies, Nestlé and Mars in December 2019 to develop chemical recycling of plastics in France.

Coca-Cola Amatil and Dynapack to build PET recycling plant in Indonesia

Meanwhile in other news, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (Amatil) has entered into an agreement with long-term packaging partner Dynapack Asia to build a bottle-to-bottle grade PET recycling facility in Indonesia.

Amatil and Dynapack will work together through a proof of concept phase, which is intended to consider a potential plant’s economic feasibility, size, scale, and location; end-to-end requirements; and potential integration into each company’s value chains.

President Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, Kadir Gunduz, said the two companies will leverage each company’s expertise in respective parts of the production and recycling process. “This joint venture represents a real environmental step-change in our move toward a more sustainable approach to plastic and a circular economy by bringing low-quality PET waste back to virgin-quality, food-grade PET, which also echoes the Coca-Cola Company’s ‘World Without Waste’ vision,” said Gunduz.

The use of recycled plastic could reduce the amount of new plastic resin the company uses by an estimated 25,000 tonnes/year by 2022. This aligns with a commitment through the National Plastic Action Partnership to support Indonesia’s National Action Plan in achieving a 70% reduction in the nation’s marine plastic debris by 2025.

Dynapack Asia operates over 30 manufacturing sites across Southeast Asia and China and intends to collaborate with its customers to increase the use of recycled materials and products, strengthening the region’s recycling ecosystem and achieving a circular economy. The company specialises in extrusion blow moulding and injection moulding for the manufacture of bottles, jars, caps and closures as well as precision moulded parts for the personal and baby care, food and beverage, home cleaning, lubricant, pharmaceuticals, automotive and other industries.

President Director of Dynapack Asia, Tirtadjaja Hamball, commented: “To support our environmental responsibility, we have signed a global commitment with the Ellen McArthur Foundation to use at least 25% of recycled resin material in our packaging products by 2025. This recycled PET resin facility is another step closer to achieving our commitment.”


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