Total and PureCycle Technologies form a strategic partnership

Source: press release, 19 May 2020

Ultra-pure recycled polypropylene
Ultra-pure recycled polypropylene (photo: PureCycle Technologies)

Total has signed an agreement with PureCycle Technologies to develop a strategic partnership in plastic recycling. As part of the agreement, Total undertakes to purchase part of the output of PureCycle Technologies’ future facility in the United States and to assess the interest of developing a new plant together in Europe.

PureCycle Technologies uses an innovative, patented technology to separate colour, odour and any other contaminants from plastic waste feedstock to transform it into virgin-like recycled polypropylene. The company, which will begin construction on its first plant in Ohio (USA) this year, will produce 48,000 tonnes of recycled polypropylene.

“This partnership is an important new milestone for Total as it strengthens the group’s position in chemical recycling. This first partnership in the United States opens new perspectives for addressing the challenge of the circular economy and achieving our ambition of producing 30% recycled polymers by 2030,” says Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers at Total.

“Total possesses world-class expertise in the research, development and production of polypropylene. We believe Total represents the best possible strategic partner for PureCycle as we strive to scale this very promising and transformational technology globally. The introduction of recycled polypropylene that can be used interchangeably with virgin resin will have an enormously beneficial impact on the global plastics circular economy. Total shares our passion to make this happen and we are very pleased to have them as a strategic partner,” comments Mike Otworth, CEO of PureCycle Technologies.