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Chemical recycling of plastic film waste

Petrochemical group Total Energies is to be supplied with processed film waste by French recycler Paprec, Euwid reports.


The two companies announced the signing of an agreement to this effect, according to Euwid. According to the announcement, the French packaging take-back system Citeo will provide the film waste. This would be delivered to the Paprec Plastiques 80 plant in Amiens, where a sorting and processing line would be built for the fraction. Total Energies would process the sorted and prepared film waste at its new chemical recycling plant in Grandpuits to produce plastics for food packaging. Total Energies and UK pyrolysis specialist Plastic Energy say they are planning a pyrolysis plant for the purpose, which will process up to 15,000 metric tons of waste per year and come on stream in 2024. The long-term agreement with Paprec was an important milestone for the chemical recycling plant in Grandpuits, as it guarantees the supply of waste of French origin, explains Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President Renewable Fuels & Chemicals at Total Energies. The cooperation contributes to Total Energies' goal of producing 30 percent circular polymers by 2030, she said. Sébastien Petithuguenin, chairman and CEO of Paprec Plastiques, stresses that chemical recycling complements mechanical recycling when plastics are not designed to be recycled or are too dirty for mechanical processes.



  • (March 15, 2023)
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