BP to build PET recycling plant

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A pioneering PET recycling plant is to be built by oil company BP that will take currently ‘unrecyclable’ polymers.

The company plans to invest $25 million (£19 million) in the pilot facility that will use BP’s enhanced recycling technology BP Infinia.

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This technology aims to recycle items such as black plastic trays and coloured bottles into recycled feedstocks that are interchangeable with those made from traditional hydrocarbon sources.

BP Downstream chief executive Tufan Erginbilgic said: “We see our Infinia technology as a game-changer for the recycling of PET plastics.

“It is an important stepping stone in enabling a stronger circular economy in the polyester industry and helping to reduce unmanaged plastic waste.”

The plant will be built in United States at Naperville, Illinois. It is expected to be operational in 2020. BP aims to then develop full-scale commercial

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