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Certification for the Texas and California sites supports successful, commercial-scale trials of advanced recycling technology for the production of ethylene, propylene, high-density polyethylene, and polypropylene.

Clare Goldsberry

April 22, 2021

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Ineos announced on Earth Day eve that its manufacturing sites in Texas and California have been awarded ISCC Plus certification from the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification organization. This certification supports recent successful, commercial-scale trials of advanced recycling technology for the production of ethylene, propylene, high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and polypropylene (PP).

Advanced recycling converts waste plastic, which was destined for landfill, back into a liquid raw material for use again in next-generation plastics production. Also known as chemical recycling, this technology can be used for many types of plastic, including mixed plastic waste streams that are normally difficult to process via traditional recycling methods, explained Ineos. The product properties are identical to virgin plastics made from oil and gas.

Mike Nagle, CEO of Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA, said, “Plastic waste is an important problem that Ineos is committed to addressing. Using difficult-to-recycle waste streams as a new raw material is a step change. This investment is beneficial to Ineos and our customers but also for the overall global issue of plastic waste and the management of essential plastic products. I applaud the team and business for reaching this important milestone as part of our Circular Economy program.”

Phil Fusco, Vice President of Polymers for Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA, said: “The certification by ISCC continues the journey of building a sustainable business for the future with our customers, employees, and neighbors. The response to both this certification and our success in processing advanced recycled feedstocks from our high-density polyethylene and polypropylene customer base has been overwhelmingly positive. We now have Advanced Recycled HDPE and PP available for sale.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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