More companies are experimenting with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content derived via Chemical recycling - an emerging trend in plastic recycling.
BASF’s ChemCycling pilot project in collaboration with Mondi Group (a major global packaging and paper manufacturer) and COROOS (Europe’s leading company in the preservation of fruits, vegetables and pulses) has produced a stand-up pouch that is safe for food contact. It is partly made with raw material which is derived from chemically recycled plastic.
The collaboration has helped create virgin grade material into a multi-layer laminate for food packaging for COROOS private label products and Mondi’s A-brand Servero.
In the manufacturing of these stand-up pouches, they have replaced 100% of the fossil feedstock with pyrolysis oil derived from mixed recycled material for one of the inner layers (oriented nylon 6, OPA-12 mm). In total 12% of the packaging weight is made of ChemCycled material. The recycled material was allocated via a certified mass balance approach.
Chemical recycling of plastic waste enables processing and reuse of mixed plastics that are difficult to recycle.
For more on chemical recycling for food packaging attend CMT’s 2nd Recycled Packaging for Food Contact on 18-19 May, 2020 in Milan.