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Toray Develops Glass Fiber-Reinforced PPS Recycling Technology

Matches performance of virgin content, reduces CO2 emissions

Toray Industries, Inc. has developed a technology that makes it possible to recycle glass fiber-reinforced polyphenylene sulfide (PPS-GFRP) whose performance matches initial performance of virgin resins. By Increasing recycling ratio of PPS GFRP, it will contribute to reducing CO2 emission.  Recycling Technology

PPS resin is an engineering plastic with excellent heat resistance and chemical resistance. More than 90% of PPS resin is glass fiber reinforced and applied for various types of industrial applications. Also, PPS resin has excellent insulation resistance. It is applied for electronic parts such as semiconductors and EV parts. Demand of PPS resin is expected to increase along with these applications and the need of PPS recycling reins.

The conventional process for recycling PPS-GFRP shortens glass fibers and breaks them. This significantly decreases mechanical strength. To meet the performance requirements of resin molded products, manufacturers generally apply them in applications with lower quality requirements.  Recycling Technology

This makes it difficult to increase the recycling ratio of PPS resin.

Toray developed pellets for recycling materials by leveraging proprietary compounding technology to blend PPS resin with special reinforcing fibers. Blending these pellets with recycled material makes it possible to maintain comparable performance with virgin material and can be applied to same application, such as horizontal recycling and expected to be used for various applications.

This technology can deliver comparable mechanical strength with injection grade moldings wholly made with virgin material. This is even when recycled material accounts for 50% or more of the PPS-GFRP. Another benefit of 50% recycled content is that it reduces CO2 emission by at least 40%.  Recycling Technology

The company is working on technologies to broaden variations by designing different resins and additives in pellets for recycling materials. It looks to supply recycled PPS- GFRP pellets after engineering optimal pellet blend ratios and formulations that meet customer demand requirements and by drawing on Materials Informatics-based prediction technologies.

Collaborating with several molding companies and other business partners, Toray has already embarked on closed recycling initiatives with its technology. One move has been to supply customers with recycled PPS-GFRP pellets blended with those for materials recycling based on process remnants from customer plants. The company is also conducting tests to verify horizontal recycling and prepare for commercialization with cooperations from customers.  Recycling Technology

Toray plans to seek more partners to create a recycling scheme and will foster the use in open recycling for materials recovered from the marketplace, thus helping to realize a sustainable economy. A first step will be to develop sample work, primarily for customers in Japan, thereafter, launching offerings under Ecouse, Toray’s integrated brand for recycled materials and products.

One goal of the Toray Group Sustainability Vision for 2050 is to contribute to a world in in which resources are sustainably managed.  Recycling Technology

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Coca-Cola India has expanded its 100% recycled PET bottles for its packaged drinking water brand Kinley, launching the bottles in pack sizes of 250 milliliters and 750 milliliters for Coca-Cola.

The recycled bottles are manufactured by Coca-Cola’s bottling partners Moon Beverages, and SLMG Beverages. They are made from 100% food-grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), except for the caps and labels. The recycled plastic is approved by the U.S. FDA and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for food-grade recycled material and repurposed into new PET bottles.  Recycling Technology

“PET plastic bottles have value beyond their first life,” Sanjeev Agarwal, chairman, Moon Beverages (part of MMG Group), said in a statement. “Our new bottles made with food-grade rPET are recyclable and can become another bottle giving it another life. Recycled PET is a big move in the right direction to embrace plastic circularity in India.”

The company said it was the first to launch a one-litre bottle made from 100% recycled PET. Coca-Cola now offers the recycled bottles in more than 40 markers. The iconic brand also has a goal, dubbed World Without Waste, to meet 50% of recycled content by 2030.

In addition, Coca-Cola is aiming to collect and recycle the equivalent of a bottle or can for every one the company sells globally by 2030. Plus, it wants to make 100% of its packaging recyclable by 2025.  Recycling Technology

“We produced the first bottle of Coca-Cola in India and are proud to be amongst the first bottlers to produce the rPET variant,” said Paritosh Ladhani, managing director, SLMG Beverages. “We are committed to sustainability and SLMG is enthused to drive meaningful change and build a sustainable future.”

The use of recycled PET in food packaging was approved by the Food Safety Authority of India. Other agencies, including the Government of India’s, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the Bureau of Indian Standards, have facilitated the use of recycled plastics in food and beverage packaging.  Recycling Technology

The actions in India follow the Coca-Cola Bangladesh launch of 100% rPET bottles in December 2022 — making it the first market in Southwest Asia to introduce Kinley water bottles in one-liter packages.

Coca-Cola also has a “Return and Recycle” initiative with Zepto that gathers bottles directly from consumers.


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Mandatory Bottle Return System to be Introduced Next Year

From January 1, 2023, the mandatory bottle return system will start in Hungary. The government’s aim is to enable Hungary to switch to a circular economy as quickly as possible.  Recycling Technology

A mandatory bottle return system will be in place from the beginning of next year, with the decree laid down in the latest issue of the Hungarian Gazette published on Wednesday evening. The products subject to the mandatory return fee include all glass, metal, plastic bottles and cans of beverage products with a capacity of between one deciliter and three liters, with the exception of milk and milk-based beverage products.

Manufacturers are obliged to place a legally required marking on these products, the communications department of the Ministry of Energy announced.

Anikó Raisz, Secretary of State responsible for environment and circular economy, stated that this system will contribute to Hungary achieving a 90 percent PET bottle recycling rate in a few years.  Recycling Technology

The fee for mandatory returnable non-reusable beverage packaging will be HUF 50 (EUR 0.13) per item.

For products and refillable bottles with a voluntary return fee, the manufacturers will determine the amount that customers can get back after returning them.

The mandatory return of the bottles must be provided by reverse vending machines in groceries with a sales area of more than 400 square meters, and mandatory return points in municipalities with more than 1,000 inhabitants. Retail outlets that are obliged to operate reverse vending machines will soon be able to register at MOHU MOL Waste Management Zrt., while stores with smaller sales areas can join the system on a voluntary basis.  Recycling Technology


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