01/11/2022 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/11/2022 11:22
Ineos Olefins & Polymers has joined the Nextloop consortium to develop food-grade (FG) polypropylene (PP) blends with recycled PP contents. The hybrid PP blends will incorporate a mix of virgin and recycled content to meet specifications required by converters and will be produced at Ineos' 285,000 t/yr PP plant at Grangemouth, UK.
Ineos will also be part of a two-year long project that will "inform" the building of a 10,000 t/yr demonstration plant in the UK, for producing food-grade recycled PP (FGrPP) utilising mechanical recycling of post-consumer plastics. This would be a small fraction of UK's annual food-grade PP demand of around 210,000 t.
"The absence of food-grade recycled polypropylene means that all PP food packaging is currently made from virgin plastics," said Ineos Olefins & Polymers UK polymer business manager Graham MacLennan. "This is not unique to the UK but a large global issue that Ineos and its partners are determined to change."
Nextloopp is a consortium of organisations from the UK's PP supply chain that are collaborating to develop FGrPP grades. It aims for 30pc average recycled content in food-grade hybrid PP blends by 2025, in line with the UK Plastics Pact roadmap that applies to all plastics packaging. The consortium includes global consumer brands, packaging converters, material suppliers, waste recyclers, legislators and academia.
Interest for circular polymers - both obtained via chemical and mechanical recycling - have seen increased traction in recent years, from producers and downstream buyers and converters. Ineos has also made various inroads on increasing its presence in this space.
By Sam Hashmi