US-based energy company ExxonMobil has completed its first commercial sale of certified circular polymers to Berry Global, a supplier of packaging and engineered products.
The circular polymers are developed using the company’s Exxtend recycling technology, which is designed to help expand the range of recyclable plastic materials and maintain products’ performance over several recycling loops.
Berry Global will use the polymers to produce containers for food-grade packaging.
ExxonMobil claims the Exxtend technology can produce volumes of certified circular polymers on a commercial scale for use in food applications.
In terms of product quality and performance, the certified circular polymers are said to be equal to those produced from virgin raw materials.
ExxonMobil Chemical Company president Karen McKee said: “We are scaling up our advanced recycling capabilities around the world to manufacture more circular products for our customers.
“Our Exxtend technology helps us meet the growing demand for certified circular polymers, particularly in food contact applications where plastic products provide key sustainability benefits.”
Berry Global chief strategy officer Tarun Manroa said: “We have ambitious sustainable packaging goals that include achieving 30 percent circular content across our fast-moving consumer goods packaging by 2030.
“Advanced recycling can help our customers meet their sustainability goals and accelerate the move to a more circular economy. Collaboration across the value chain is critical to achieving this.”
The circular polymers sold to Berry Global were produced at ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling facility at its integrated site in Baytown, Texas.
The facility has processed more than four million pounds of plastic waste since starting operations last year.
ExxonMobil also plans to increase its global advanced recycling capacity to one billion pounds a year by 2026 to meet the increasing market demand for certified circular plastics.
In 2020, the company partnered with chemical recycling company Agilyx to address some of the challenges of recycling post-use plastics.