USA – PureCycle Technologies, US based recycling firm has partnered Milliken & Company and food and drinks giant, Nestle to accelerate its plastic recycling operations.

PureCycle said the collaboration advances its plans to open its first plant which will restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic to ‘virgin-like’ quality with ‘a revolutionary recycling method’.

The company utilizes a patented recycling process, developed by Procter & Gamble, which separates color, odor and any other contaminants from plastic waste feedstock to transform it into ultra-pure recycled polypropylene.

The technology enhances reuse of recycled plastics by making them more accessible at scale to companies desiring to use a sustainable, recycled resin.

Milliken & Company, a diversified industrial manufacturer has formed an exclusive supply relationship with PureCycle to supply additives, which will play a critical role in reinvigorating recycled polypropylene.

Nestle on the other hand, is working with PureCycle to develop new packaging materials that help avoid plastic waste.

This forms a critical step ahead towards Nestle’s April 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, with a focus on avoiding plastic-waste.

“These partners are helping us accelerate as we bring this solution to the market,” said Mike Otworth, CEO of PureCycle Technologies.

“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.

Increasing recycling rates

PureCycle said it is building first plant in Lawrence County, Ohio, that will recycle 119 million pounds of polypropylene, producing over 105 million pounds per year starting in 2021.

The momentum created by these new relationships is enabling PureCycle to open the plant’s feedstock evaluation unit, which processes multiple variations of feedstock (waste polypropylene) to optimize plant 1 and subsequent plants.

While 20% of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is commonly used to make plastic bottles and other consumer goods, is recycled, only 1% of polypropylene plastic is currently recycled.

PureCycle said it is focusing on recycling and reintegrating polypropylene upstream to enhance its application in highly sensitive consumer products.

The innovation also supports P&G’s recycling goals to double the use of recycled resin in plastic packaging and ensuring 90% of product packaging is recyclable.

P&G also aims to use 100% percent recycled or renewable materials and having zero consumer waste go to landfills.