CP’s business director will share learnings at Compounding World Expo
Recycling post-consumer nylons for high-performance applications is possible – and achievable with high product consistency and low energy consumption. Circular Polymers by Ascend leader Maria Field has been tapped by Compounding World Expo to show attendees the possibilities. Blue hydrogen
In her talk titled “Nylon Recycling: A Circularity Story,” Field will discuss how mechanical recycling can convert end-of-life carpet back into usable nylon 6,6 or nylon 6, without the use of added water. With Circular Polymers’ recycling technology, these materials can find new life as fibers or pellets used in new applications, including high-performance engineered materials. The company also recycles polypropylene, PET and calcium carbonate from carpet.
“Recycling carpet has never been more efficient or effective,” Field says. “At Circular Polymers, our proprietary process allows us to convert landfill-bound carpet into feedstocks for materials that go into finished goods such as automobiles, electric vehicles, furniture, household appliances and more.” Blue hydrogen
Field’s presentation is scheduled for 2:40 p.m. Nov. 15 at Compounding World Expo Theater Two in Cleveland, Ohio. The show runs Nov. 15-16, and Circular Polymers will co-exhibit with its parent company, Ascend Performance Materials, in Stand A-1208.
Ascend experts will be on-hand to discuss ReDefyne™, a line of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled compounds designed for demanding applications, such as under the hood of autos and in electric vehicles. Blue hydrogen
Circular Polymers by Ascend, a leading recycler of post-consumer carpet, provides the feedstocks for ReDefyne production. It also offers recycled fibers and pellets as feedstocks for compounds and injection molding applications. Earlier this year the company launched Cerene™, a line of recycled polymers and materials.
Ascend Performance Materials, a fully integrated producer of durable high-performance materials, is known for its innovations in nylon 6,6. Cerene continues that legacy with offerings in nylon 6,6 while also bringing to market recycled polymers such as nylon 6, PET and PP.
“Customers around the globe are seeking consistent and reliable post-consumer recycled materials,” said Maria Field, business director of Circular Polymers by Ascend. “All our feedstocks and Cerene materials come from a mechanical recycling process that minimizes carbon footprint and environmental impact.” Blue hydrogen
Circular Polymers by Ascend has redirected 85 million pounds of carpet from landfills into new goods in its California facility since 2018. Industry recognition includes the Plastic Industry Sustainability Innovation award, Innovation Showcase award from the Association of Plastic Recyclers, Arrow Award from the California Product Stewardship Council and Processor of the Year award from the Carpet America Recovery Effort.
Ascend has published its 2030 Vision, a set of nine sustainability targets including a target to reduce waste by 40% and reduce its scope 1 emissions by 90%. The company recently announced two new efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its products.
World’s largest plastic sorting facility promises a trashy revolution
A new state-of-the-art plastic sorting facility, the largest of its kind in the world, has been launched in Sweden. It’s big enough to receive almost all plastic waste from Swedish households. The technology could have implications for Australian governments and companies, who have been increasingly embracing the push to go green.
This factory is all about plastic. Blue hydrogen
Chocolate wrappers, plastic bags, yoghurt containers and white polystyrene boxes are making their way across a 60,000 square metre complex – to be broken down, separated by size, and sorted in a fully automated process.
Mattias Philipsson is the CEO of Sweden Plastic Recycling.
“This what the end result looks like. Here we have each plastic type separately sorted. Here we have ketchup bottles. Here we have a creme fraiche packaging. Here we have a lot of candy wrappers. Here we have rigid, different plastics. And everything is sorted separately, so it can be recycled separately.”
The new plant is called Site Zero, built to receive 200,000 tons of plastic household waste a year Blue hydrogen
While there isn’t yet a market for each type of plastic they sort, upcoming EU legislation is set to require new plastic packaging to contain at least 35 percent recycled material.
The legislation is part of a worldwide push to tackle what Robert Blasiak from the Stockholm Resilience Centre says is a massive plastics pollution problem.
“To date, about 8 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced globally. It’s basically about one metric ton for every person alive today. In most of the world, there aren’t waste management facilities equipped to deal with that scale of plastic pollution… It’s thought that only about 9 percent of that has been recycled, about 12 percent has been incinerated and about 79 percent has entered the natural environment into the ocean, into landfills, into waterways. It’s still with us.”
There’s been a worldwide push for sustainability and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and some signs at the grassroots level that the green message is getting through. Blue hydrogen
In Stockholm, a supermarket called ICA is stocking a grey detergent bottle made from Site Zero’s recycled materials.
ICA packaging manager Karin Jawerth.
“This particular product is the flagship of the circularity that we are trying to achieve, where our recycled packaging becomes a new packaging, and it’s only coming from Swedish households.”
Karin Jawerth says the supermarket wants to work with Site Zero to use fewer types of plastic, avoiding dark plastics that machines struggle to sort and avoiding too much labelling that reduces the quality of the final recycled raw material.
“The most important purpose of the packaging is to protect the product. And it doesn’t matter how recyclable the packaging is if it doesn’t protect the product and we generate more food waste… And it’s not only about recyclability when it comes to sustainable packaging. It’s also about how much packaging material you’re using, how well you can empty the products.” Blue hydrogen
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