US-based plastic packaging producer Berry Global has partnered with global chemical company SABIC for the circular polymer production and use.
The partners will focus on innovation and use of polyolefin resins from chemical recycling.
The move is a part of Berry’s sustainability strategy Impact 2025 announced earlier this year.
According to the strategy, Berry will transform its packaging to be completely reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
The company has also planned to collaborate with ‘trusted suppliers’ to introduce environmentally sustainable packaging.
Berry chairman and CEO Tom Salmon said: “As a leader in sustainable packaging, we place a high value on innovation surrounding the methods, by which we recover valuable plastic materials.
“SABIC’s timeline for beginning semi-commercial production is one of the fastest we have seen in the industry and we were eager to join with them in initiatives that support circular economy.”
Chemical recycling involves removal of contaminants, inks and colourants. It can recycle mixed plastic waste and develop new material for food packaging.
SABIC is planning to construct a unit in the Netherlands to purify feedstocks produced from mixed plastic waste recycling.
The company’s plants have already produced certified circular polymers, which Berry used to develop a recyclable, coextruded stand-up pouch.
Berry’s pouch includes 30% post-consumer recycled content sourced from SABIC’s circular polymer.
SABIC Sustainability Technology and Innovation executive vice-president Bob Maughon said: “This exciting project is testament to our commitment to scale up advanced chemical recycling processes of plastics back to the original polymer.
“This project is just one example of TRUCIRCLE, SABIC’s new launched initiative to encompass circular materials and technologies to enable our consumers and product manufacturers to deliver greater sustainability.”