PureCycle Technologies opens new plant for plastics recycling in Ohio, US


PureCycle Technologies has opened a new facility in Ohio, US that will use polypropylene (PP) to produce recyclable plastic using technology developed by consumer goods company P&G.

The new plant is expected to enable the customers to buy more products manufactured using recycled plastic.

P&G has licensed the technology to PureCycle, a portfolio company of Innventure.

PureCycle will test and calibrate the PP recycling process at the plant, which is scheduled to begin operations from next January.

Full-scale operations are expected to begin from 2020.

"Both manufacturers and consumers have signalled a strong preference for recycling plastics, which otherwise pollute oceans, landfills, and other natural places."

PureCycle Technologies CEO Mike Otworth said: “Both manufacturers and consumers have signalled a strong preference for recycling plastics, which otherwise pollute oceans, landfills, and other natural places.

“Until now, recycled PP had limited applications. We're single-handedly removing those limitations and giving companies the choice to use more sustainable, recycled resins.”

PP is used as a raw material in packaging for food, beverages, and consumer goods, as well as electronics and home furnishings.

P&G chief technology officer Kathy Fish said: “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, which can remove virtually all contaminants and colours from used plastic, has the capacity to revolutionise 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."