Recycling firm PureCycle Technologies has announced that it has partnered with Nestlé and Milliken & Company, as it takes steps to open its first recycling plant.
The plant will restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic to ‘virgin-like’ quality through a recycled method.
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PureCycle’s recycled process was developed and licensed by Procter & Gamble (P&G) and separates colour, odour and other contaminates from plastic waste feedstock and transforms it into virgin-like resin.
Milliken, whose additives will play a big role in reinvigorating recycled PP, 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 will help avoid plastic waste and is in line with the firm’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recycled or reusable by 2025.
PureCycle Technologies chief executive Mike Otworth said: “These partners are helping us accelerate as we bring this solution to the market. 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.”
“The use of Milliken’s additives will help to ensure that PureCycle’s Ultra Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP) is of the highest quality and adds the maximum value to brand owners and consumers. We believe that this partnership will further differentiate PureCycle as both a leading reclaimer and producer of polypropylene.”
With technology licensed from P&G, PureCyle is in the process of building the first plant in Lawrence County, Ohio, that will recycle 119 million pounds of PP, and produce over 105 million pounds annually starting in 2021.
By working with these firms, PureCycle will also open the plant’s feedstock evaluation unit, which will process multiple variations of waste PP to optimise plant 1 and other plants.
The firm will make high-quality, recycled PP widely available for purchase across industries.
P&G chief research, development and innovation officer Kathy Fish said: “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. This technology has the capacity to revolutionise 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.”