PureCycle Technologies has announced to have partnered with global industrial manufacturer- Milliken & Company and the world’s largest food and beverage company-Nestle S.A.
It has plans to open its first plant to restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic to ‘virgin-like’ quality with a revolutionary recycling method.
The patented recycling process of PureCycle Technologies has been developed and licensed by Procter & Gamble (P&G). The process separates color, odor and other contaminants from plastic waste feedstock to transform it into the virgin-like resin. Milliken’s additives will play a critical role in reinvigorating recycled polypropylene. An exclusive supply relationship with PureCycle to help solve the plastics end-of-life challenge also exists. Nestle is taking efforts in the direction of the company’s commitment to making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Hence, it’s working with PureCycle to develop new packaging materials that help avoid plastic waste.
Mike Otworth, CEO of PureCycle Technologies quoted: “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 plastic recycling a reality.”
He also added: “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.”
Halsey Cook, president and CEO of Milliken & Company, said: “Milliken understands that creating a sustainable future requires meaningful collaboration with other industry pioneers. We believe PureCycle’s technology combined with Milliken’s leading plastic additives provide a transformative opportunity to elevate the viability of recycled polypropylene and help solve the plastics end-of-life challenge.”
PureCycle is building its first-ever plant in Lawrence County, Ohio which will recycle 119 million pounds of polypropylene and thus, producing over 105 million pounds per year starting in 2021.
More than 20 percent of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is being commonly used to make plastic bottles and other consumer goods and also, that’s recycled. PureCycle is the first company to solely focus on recycling and reintegrating polypropylene upstream to highly sensitive consumer product applications. Such applications are used in food and beverage packaging, consumer goods packaging, automobile interiors, electronics, home furnishings, and many other products.
Kathy Fish, Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer, Procter & Gamble, says: “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 revolutionize 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.”