LONDON, UK: Ineos and Viridor have joined forces in a world-leading project that will produce a range of high-specification polymers with up to 50% or more post-consumer recycled content.
The collaboration will draw on high-level scientific expertise from both companies.
Ineos will be supplied with recovered polymer from Viridor's new £65m post-consumer polymers recycling plant at the Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre, near Bristol.
The plant is UK's largest multi-polymer recycling and reprocessing facility. It is powered by Viridor's £252m energy recovery plant which puts non-recyclable waste to work to produce electricity and heat.
Viridor is using the latest technologies to sort, clean and recycle the many post-consumer plastics to the highest standards achievable with recycled plastics. Ineos applies their deep material science expertise to boost and tailor the properties of the new hybrid polymers so that they perform in the same way that customers demand.
Plastic is a valuable resource. So much so that we want to encourage the increasing collection and recycling of plastic materials after their initial use. Our commitment to take material from this project helps to support investment in a new, state-of-the-art recycling facility. Using our polymer expertise, we will engineer a new range of polymers to incorporate high levels of recycled plastics. These new materials will meet growing demand for increased levels of recycled content without compromise to product performance and quality said Rob Ingram, Ineos Olefins & Polymers CEO
“The partnership reflects Viridor's emphasis on working with consumer brands and plastics companies to significantly contribute to the creation of new circular market for plastics. Viridor's 2019 Recycling Index, which tracks public attitudes to recycling, found that nine in 10 (89%) of those polled believe that existing plastic should be used to create useful resources which that can be used again," said Phil Piddington, managing director, Viridor.
“Our index also demonstrates that future buying choices will be influenced by packaging made from recyclable material (65% - up four points from 2018 - are more likely to buy products made from recyclable material) with 76% saying there should be mandatory lessons on recycling in schools,“ added Piddington.
“This partnership brings together the expertise and investment that is the vital to translate our common sustainability targets into practical reality in the marketplace. This win-win partnership creates the important pathway to the circular economy and tackles the two tough issues of reducing the level of waste generated in cities and the creation of high value materials that can be used in high value, tailored applications across many markets. I am confident that the initiative between Viridor and INEOS will become the new paradigm in polymer manufacturing,“ said Keith Trower, managing director, Viridor Resource Management.
“Sustainable quality, which is valued by an increasingly discerning public, is key. The UK public want to understand the environmental providence of their packaging and products and this is something we are in position to confidently offer the marketplace,“ added Trower.
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