NOVA Chemicals signs PCR supply agreement with Merlin Plastics

2 September 2020 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2020 12:42)

Chemicals and plastic resins producer NOVA Chemicals has signed a long-term agreement with Canadian recycler Merlin Plastics to increase the supply of post-consumer recyclate (PCR).

NOVA Chemicals signs PCR supply agreement with Merlin Plastics
NOVA Chemicals signs long-term PCR supply agreement with Merlin Plastics. Credit: Tony Webster.

Chemicals and plastic resins producer NOVA Chemicals has signed a long-term agreement with Canadian recycler Merlin Plastics to increase the supply of post-consumer recyclate (PCR).

As part of this agreement, Merlin Plastics will supply high-quality, post-consumer recyclate (PCR) for consumer packaging.

NOVA Chemicals is providing multi-million-dollar funding to expand the equipment in Merlin’s Delta facility in British Columbia (BC). The financing will also enhance Merlin’s recyclate processing for food packaging applications.

The company is expecting to provide 1005 PCR polyethylene and PCR blended with its virgin grades, including high-quality linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), and high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

NOVA Chemicals president and CEO Luis Sierra said: “Plastic has great value and is essential to modern life. NOVA Chemicals is committed to finding new ways to capture its value beyond its first use to drive a plastics circular economy.

“This partnership with Merlin and our forthcoming suite of PCR-containing resins will help meet our customer and brand owner needs and expand high-quality PCR supply for use in consumer packaging.”

Merlin Plastics also runs a container sortation plant in Gifford, BC. This facility sorts the materials collected from the curbside blue bins in BC and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest get sorted into their respective streams.

The Delta processing plant converts various plastic container packaging into recycled plastic pellet.

Merlin Plastics president Tony Moucachen said: “We are excited to combine our three decades of recycling experience with NOVA Chemicals’ industry knowledge and technical expertise to expand the supply of high-value polyethylene PCR in the marketplace.

“With this agreement, we will be able to turn more recycled plastic packaging into valuable new source material for consumer products and packaging.”

In May, NOVA Chemicals partnered with waste to renewable fuels and chemicals producer Enerkem to find a new way to recycle plastic waste.