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Materials

Total takes recycling step

by Alexander H. Tullo
August 21, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 33

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Credit: Total
Total’s plant in Antwerp, Belgium, where it makes the new Circular Compounds.
Credit: Total
Total’s plant in Antwerp, Belgium, where it makes the new Circular Compounds.

France’s Total is introducing blends of virgin and recycled high-density polyethylene that it is calling Circular Compounds. Containing 25–50% postconsumer HDPE, the resins meet or exceed the properties of virgin resins in applications such as blow-molded bottles and heavy-duty containers, Total says. It hopes to have 20,000 metric tons of annual production of the plastics by the end of this year.

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