Total develops strategic partnership to support plastic recycling goals

The collaboration will help the oil giant fulfil its ambition to produce 30% recycled polymers by 2030

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Total has signed an agreement with PureCycle Technologies to develop a strategic partnership in plastic recycling.

As part of the agreement, Total will purchase part of the output of PureCycle Technologies’ future facility in the US and assess the interest of developing a new plant together in Europe.

PureCycle Technologies has introduced an innovative way to separate colour, odour and other contaminants from plastic waste feedstock to transform it into virgin-like recycled polypropylene.

The company, which will begin construction on its first plant in Ohio this year, will produce 48,000 tonnes of recycled polypropylene.

Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers at Total, said: “This partnership is an important new milestone for Total as it strengthens the Group’s position in chemical recycling.

“This first partnership in the United States opens new perspectives for addressing the challenge of the circular economy and achieving our ambition of producing 30% recycled polymers by 2030.”

Mike Otworth, CEO of PureCycle Technologies, commented: “The introduction of recycled polypropylene that can be used interchangeably with virgin resin will have an enormously beneficial impact on the global plastics circular economy.”