Total unveils new circular HDPE compound with high recycled content

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Chemicals and refining company Total has developed a circular economy HDPE compound that it says outperforms virgin materials.

The HDPE compound is guaranteed to have a 25% or 50% minimum post-consumer recyclate content, is a natural colour and can be used for blow-moulded bottles and heavy-duty containers for household and industrial liquids.

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Coming on-stream in 2017, Total aims to have initial production capacity of 20,000 tonnes.

Material will be collected from Total partners in Western European countries with a particular emphasis on outstanding product quality and recycling process capabilities.

The new HDPE compound will then be produced at Total’s facility in Antwerp (pictured).

According to the company, it is also working on additional new grades for a wide variety of applications.  

Total vice president polymers Europe Jean Viallefont said: “Total is currently extending the applications of the recycled compounds concept by developing additional new grades, since we believe it will be essential to place the European virgin plastics industry in a new yet essential role as ‘circularity enhancer’.”