PureCycle Technologies, Milliken & Company, and Nestlé are planning to establish a new facility in Lawrence County, Ohio, US, to accelerate plastics recycling.

The plant will use PureCycle’s recycling method to restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic.

Developed and licensed by Procter and Gamble (P&G), PureCycle’s patented recycling process will transform plastic waste feedstock by separating colour, odour and other contaminants.

Through its exclusive supply relationship, Milliken will help in solving the plastics end-of-life challenge with additives that are claimed to play an important role in restoring recycled polypropylene.

Nestlé is currently working with PureCycle on the development of new packaging materials that help prevent plastic waste. The Swiss firm is planning to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Milliken and Nestlé will use their consumer market knowledge and technical expertise to assist PureCycle in producing recycled polypropylene, which will be the first of its kind globally.

“The use of Milliken’s additives will help to ensure that PureCycle’s Ultra Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP) is of the highest quality.”

PureCycle Technologies CEO Mike Otworth said: “These partners are helping us accelerate as we bring this solution to the market. This is a validation of our method and it will help us continue to move even more quickly as we make plastics recycling a reality.

“The use of Milliken’s additives will help to ensure that PureCycle’s Ultra Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP) is of the highest quality and adds the maximum value to brand owners and consumers.

“We believe that this partnership will further differentiate PureCycle as both a leading reclaimer and producer of polypropylene.”

The plant is expected to recycle 119 million pounds of polypropylene to manufacture more than 105 million pounds of new material annually starting in 2021.

The partnership will also allow PureCycle to open a feedstock evaluation unit at the new plant to process multiple variations of waste polypropylene to optimise plant one and subsequent plants.