Global multienergy company TotalEnergies has achieved a significant milestone in the US by converting feedstocks from plastic waste into circular polymers at its polypropylene (PP) plant in La Porte, Texas.

This marks the first instance of such an endeavour in the country, claimed the company. 

The feedstock underwent conversion into monomers at the BASF TotalEnergies Petrochemicals (BTP) facility, a joint venture between BASF and TotalEnergies in Port Arthur, Texas, before being transformed into circular polymers at the La Porte plant.  

Both the La Porte and BTP sites have been ISCC+ certified since 2022. 

New Hope Energy, a company focused on the circular economy, supplied the petrochemical feedstock required for this process from its ISCC-certified advanced recycling facility in Tyler, Texas.  

The La Porte facility, recognised as one of the largest PP sites globally, will produce sustainably certified polymers that are feasible for various applications, including food-grade packaging. 

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TotalEnergies and New Hope Energy have entered into a multiyear agreement as part of this supply of feedstock.  

The recycled polymers are produced using patented pyrolysis technology developed by Lummus Technology and New Hope Energy.  

TotalEnergies Polymers Americas vice-president Heather Tomas said: “After Europe, this first production of circular polymers from advanced recycling in the United States is a new step forward in our commitment to meeting the global market’s growing demand for more innovative and sustainable plastics, as well as in our ambition to produce one million tons of circular polymers a year by 2030.” 

In November last year, TotalEnergies, Recycleye, and Valorplast collaboratively demonstrated a new food-grade PP mechanical recycling process based on AI and computer vision.