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P&G recycling process advances

by Marc S. Reisch
July 31, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 31

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble has developed a process that restores used polypropylene to like-new resin. The technology removes virtually all contaminants and colors from the cast-off plastic, creating a recycled polymer that is nearly identical in performance and properties to virgin polypropylene, P&G says. It has licensed the process to the Ohio-based start-up firm PureCycle Technologies, which plans to open a pilot plant in January and a full-scale plant in 2020. P&G intends to buy the polypropylene to help it double use of recycled resins in packaging by 2020, but it expects other companies will also purchase the resin.

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