TotalEnergies joins NEXTLOOPP to push recycled food-grade PP

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TotalEnergies' Carling facility

The NEXTLOOPP project has taken on TotalEnergies as its latest member to push recycled food-grade PP.

Launched in October 2020 by founding company Nextek, NEXTLOOP has 47 companies involved that aim to create food-grade recycled polymers from advanced mechanical recycling from post-consumer feedstock.

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The project deploys technology to efficiently and cost-effectively sort food-grade PP from post-consumer material. It is then decontaminated to meet stringent food-grade standards.

NEXTLOOPP has recently completed a study of background contamination of post-consumer PP packaging for its submissions to food safety authorities in Europe, USA and UK.

TotalEnergies senior vice president polymers Nathalie Brunelle said: “We are delighted to join and support the NEXTLOOPP project, alongside other major industry players. This initiative will allow us to go one step further in developing technologies to produce food-grade recycled materials from advanced mechanical recycling and broaden our options for projects that contribute to our ambition to produce 30% circular polymers by 2030.”

NEXTLOOPP and Nextek founder and chief executive Edward Kosior said: “The whole of the NEXTLOOPP project is strengthened by TotalEnergies’ adding to the programme its extensive technical capabilities in creating circular solutions for PP resins.

“It contributes to the growing body of expertise in controlling the properties and formulation of its range of both virgin and recycled PP for a myriad of applications.”