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INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe announces the expansion of the Recycl-IN range of products to include flexible packaging solutions with over 60 % recycled content.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers have partnered with leading waste management company Saica Natur in a supply agreement for, recycled LDPE and LLDPE. The long-term agreement will help INEOS to serve the growing demand for increased levels of recycled product in sustainable, virgin quality flexible packaging.

Through this partnership, INEOS Olefins & Polymers has been able to develop high-performance polyethylene Recycl-IN resins to meet the needs of converters, brand owners and retailers, to use more than 60%  recycled plastics in very demanding applications such as stretch  and lamination films typically used in flexible pouches for detergent and personal care products.

This new addition to the Recycl-IN range is for use in flexible packaging and pushes technical boundaries by incorporating more than 60% post-consumer recyclate (PCR). Recycl-IN combines the recycled plastic with highly engineered virgin polymers.  The result has properties equivalent to virgin materials, whilst meeting the demand for an increase in the use of recycled materials.

Rob Ingram, CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers North Europe: ‘Together with Saica Natur we have the innovation, drive, know-how and capability to move towards a circular economy for plastics in flexible packaging. Saica are experts in recycling post-consumer plastic film. INEOS has the polymer science expertise to improve the quality, specification, and performance of the finished product.  We are very pleased to add these new flexible packaging products to our Recycl-IN range.’

Victor Sanz, Director General of Saica Natur: ‘With this agreement, we are moving towards a circular economy model through the use of resources in a more sustainable and efficient way. Waste is transformed into a secondary raw material that will be then incorporated into new high quality products. This is an example of commitment towards achieving a long-term sustainable growth.’

INEOS first launched the Recycl-IN range of polymers in 2019 to address consumer needs for high recycled content resins which match the performance of virgin resins in terms of quality and processability.

ENDS.

Media Contacts

Richard Longden (INEOS)      +41 21 627 7063 or  +41 7996 26123
Chris Hall (MediaZoo)          chris.hall@mediazoo.tv or +44 7739571634

Note to Editors

As part of its commitment to a New Circular Economy, INEOS has set itself four ambitious targets to meet by 2025:

Our Pledge:

  1. Offer a range of polyolefin products for packaging applications in Europe containing 50% or more recycled content
  2. Use, on average, 30% recycled content in products destined for polystyrene packaging in Europe
  3. Incorporate at least 325kt/a of recycled material into products
  4. Ensure 100% of polymer products can be recycled

About Saica Group

Saica Group is one of the largest European players in the development and production of recycled paper for corrugated board, with a production of 3,2 million tons of paper. With more than 10,000 employees across Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Turkey, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, Saica Group has four business areas: production of recycled paper for corrugated board (Saica Paper), waste management and environmental services (Saica Natur), production of corrugated packaging (Saica Pack) and flexible packaging (Saica Flex). The consolidated turnover of the multinational is nearly 3.832 million Euros (aggregate sales, 31.12.19).

Natur Cycle Plus is specialised in the recovery, classification and treatment of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) to produce valuable recyclates. Saica Natur and Natur Cycle Plus in their commitment towards the circular economy help businesses to reduce their environmental impact throughout their production process. Saica Natur, with presence in Spain, France, United Kingdom and Portugal; analyses the supply chain of its clients and proposes alternatives to maximise the use of resources so they can become secondary raw materials.