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Braskem, Nexus Circular Sign Recycled Polypropylene Agreement

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Arrangement taps Nexus’ advanced recycling capability to support Braskem’s goal to sell 1.1 million tons of products with recycled polyolefin content by 2030.

Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, announced this week a 10-year definitive commercial agreement for the supply of circular feedstocks from a new advanced recycling facility. Braskem completed a strategic investment in Nexus Circular in January 2022.

The contracted volumes of advanced recycled circular products from Nexus will support Braskem’s strategic objective to sell 300,000 metric tons/330,693 tons of products with recycled content by 2025 and 1 million metric tons/1,102,311 tons by 2030.

Braskem America’s CEO Mark Nikolichsays, “We look forward to a long and growing partnership with Nexus to secure high-quality feedstock for production of Braskem’s certified circular polypropylene resins. This supports our corporate initiative to develop a carbon-neutral circular economy for plastics while supporting our clients’ goals for plastics with recycled content.”

This project will add to Braskem America’s existing sustainable PP and polyethylene (PE) polyolefin portfolio, which currently consists of nine post-consumer recycled (PCR) products including two PCR PP

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grades that can be used in a wide range of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food contact applications where PP is used today. Braskem’s full range of PCR solutions can be used in a variety of PP and PE applications, including but not limited to consumer packaging, caps and closures, durable goods, automotive, and consumer housewares.

Nexus Circular is a commercial leader in advanced recycling with proven proprietary technology and a leading process design that converts landfill-bound films and other hard-to-recycle plastics into high-quality feedstocks, which are then used to produce virgin-quality sustainable plastics.  The company's production operations are seen in the photo. Since 2018, Nexus has been consistently supplying commercial volumes of ISCC Plus-certified circular liquid products, having diverted over 8 million pounds of used plastics from landfill.

Jodie Morgan, chief executive officer at Nexus, says, “This long-term commercial contract builds upon the strong foundation of our growing relationship. We are excited to partner with Braskem to accelerate our impact and ability to address the complex challenges of plastics accumulation in the environment.”

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