Sealed Air (SEE) has collaborated with ExxonMobil and Ahold Delhaize USA on an advanced recycling initiative.

As part of the collaboration, these companies will engage in recycling flexible plastics from the food supply chain and repurpose them into certified circular food-grade packaging.

Slated to begin this year, the initiative is claimed to be the first of its kind project in the US and will continue over time.

SEE President and CEO Ted Doheny said: “SEE is leading the packaging industry by showing how high-performance packaging materials can be designed to be remade. Advanced recycling is key to these valuable materials being collected and remanufactured.

“Our collaboration with ExxonMobil is opening new recycling possibilities and by partnering with leading retail group Ahold Delhaize USA, we are paving the way for our industry to protect perishable foods while creating a low-carbon, circular economy.”

The project will validate the technical and economic feasibility of a certified circular system based on advanced recycling technology.

In addition, it will help in diverting used flexible plastics from landfills, increase recyclability of essential plastics and also improve safety and quality of packaged foods.

Ahold Delhaize USA Health & Sustainability vice-president Brittni Furrow said: “We’re proud to work with SEE and ExxonMobil on this collaboration, which has the potential to radically change the way retailers and manufacturers leverage food-grade recycled plastics as a key means of keeping plastics out of landfills.”

The collaboration comes after multinational packaging company Amcor leveraged ExxonMobil’s Exxtend technology to increase the use of advanced recycled materials in its packaging.