INEOS has partnered with yet another company that will help it to reduce plastic waste – and give a more environmentally-conscious public more of what it wants. Working together, INEOS Olefins & Polymers and Saica Natur have managed to create high performance flexible packaging, made from more than 60% of recycled low-density polyethylene and linear low-density polyethylene.
Rob Ingram, CEO INEOS O&P North Europe, said to do it, significant technical barriers had been overcome on both sides.
“Saica are experts in recycling postconsumer plastic film,” he said. “And we have the polymer science expertise to improve the quality, specification, and performance of the finished product.”
The new packaging grade polymers, which can be used to make flexible pouches for detergent among other things, has now been added to INEOS’ new range of plastics, which was hailed as ground-breaking when it was launched in October 2019.
“We don’t like to make a big fuss until we know we have something to show,” David Kirkwood, Polymer Business Manager, told INCH at the time.
The Recycl-IN range was launched with high density polyethylene and polypropylene grades containing up to 50% of recycled waste plastic.
The range has now expanded to include low density polyethylene and linear low density, and now contains up to 60% of recycled waste plastic.
The development and expansion of the Recycl-IN range is important step in increasing resource efficiency and helps to show consumers that plastics are a valuable resource that should be brought back to life, not just used once and thrown away.
“Using waste plastics as a raw material for our products helps to reduce the use of new gas and oil resources,” said Rob.
INEOS O&P’s decision to form a partnership with Saica, a leading Spanish waste management company, means that it will now have a reliable supply of recycled product, which can be combined with high performance polymers produced at INEOS’ own sites to make polymer grades that can make flexible packaging that is as good as the original.
“This is an example of commitment towards achieving a long-term sustainable growth,” said Victor Sanz, General of Saica Natur.
“It shows we are moving towards a circular economy model through the use of resources in a more sustainable and efficient way.”
In 2019 – to help launch this new range of hybrid plastics – INEOS signed long-term agreements with a number of recycling companies including Viridor, the UK’s largest plastics recycling and reprocessing plant.
The new facility in Avonmouth, near Bristol, will be powered by Viridor’s £252m energy recovery plant which puts non-recyclable waste to work to produce electricity and heat.
“Partnerships, such as the one with INEOS, are crucial to the transition to the circular economy, where every product is comprised of a majority of recycled plastics,” said Keith Trower, managing director of Viridor Resource Management.
In 2019 the company’s recycling index, which tracks public attitudes to recycling, found that nine in 10 of those polled believe existing plastic should be used again.
“The message from the public could not be clearer when it comes to recycling and putting recycled content back into the economy,” said Viridor managing director Phil Piddington. “Where others see waste, we see resource.”
- 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.
- The partnership can create high performance flexible packaging, made from more than 60% recycled plastic
- Saica Natur are a leading Spanish waste management company and are experts in recycling post-consumer plastic film
- This recycled material will be added to the RECYCL-IN range and can be used to make flexible pouches for detergent, personal care products among other things