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Food-grade plastics recycling plant coming to Spain

Honeywell and TotalEnergies announced a strategic partnership to promote the development of ‘advanced’ plastic recycling.

Honeywell will supply TotalEnergies with recycled polymer feedstock (RPF) using UpCycle Process Technology at Honeywell’s state-of-the-art recycling plant, scheduled to be built in Andalucía, Spain. TotalEnergies will purchase and convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which could be used for food-grade packaging and other ‘high demand’ applications.

Honeywell expects the new facility to be fully operational in 2023. It will have a processing capacity of 30 000 tonnes per year. TotalEnergies plans to use the RPF in the manufacturing of high-quality polymers throughout its European-based production units.

Honeywell says its innovative UpCycle technology can help to expand the amount of global plastic waste that can be recycled to 90% when implemented alongside existing chemical and mechanical recycling processes and improvements to collection and sorting. ‘Presently, less than 15% of global plastic waste is recycled,’ observes Ben Owens, vice president and general manager Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. 

‘Plastics demand will continue to grow, so it’s critical to create a linkage between waste management and plastics production to strengthen a circular flow of plastics,’ he comments. ‘The relationship with TotalEnergies will provide a strong recycled polymer feedstock offtake partner and coupled with our recently announced advanced recycling plant with Sacyr, Honeywell is leading the drive toward a more circular plastics economy.’

‘This project, with a 2023 targeted startup, will contribute to meet our ambition of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers by 2030,’ adds Valérie Goff, senior vice president Polymers at TotalEnergies.

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