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Borealis and TOMRA open advanced mechanical plastic recycling facility

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Borealis TOMRA advanced mechanical plastic recycling facility
The demo advanced mechanical plastic recycling plant opened by Borealis and TOMRA

A demo advanced mechanical plastic recycling facility has been opened by Borealis and TOMRA in Lahnstein, Germany.

The partnership between plastic and chemicals company Borealis and sorting technology firm TOMRA will see post-consumer plastics sorted and recycled into fully formulated polymer pellets at the facility.

It will take both rigid and flexible plastics from households and will create a product suitable for automotive and consumer products.

Borealis executive vice president Polyolefins, Innovation & Technology and Circular Economy Solutions Lucrèce Foufopoulos said: “Offering brand owners and converters top quality recycled material, suitable for use in highly demanding applications in Borealis’ latest contribution to a more circular economy of plastics.”

Procter & Gamble (P&G) plant to take material from the advanced mechanical plastic recycling facility. Its technical director R&D Packaging Sustainability Gian De Belder said: “The innovative new approach that Borealis is taking shows potential to step-change both the quantity and quality of post-consumer resin available for our brands, and help us to achieve our 2030 goal to reduce our use of virgin plastic in packaging by 50%, or 300 kilotonnes annually. Early tests of the material look very promising.”

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