Synergy between Circular Economy and Total expertise in polymers: Total creates products that outperform virgin materials

Total launches HDPE Circular Compound range containing superior post-consumer recyclates for household and industrial liquid applications

Brussels, August 8, 2016 - Total is pleased to introduce a new range of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Circular Compounds with high levels of recycled content to its packaging segment customers. With performance equal to or exceeding that of virgin resins, this new product range valorizes Total’s superior process and catalyst technology and actively contributes to the Circular Economy.

Jean Viallefont, Vice President Polymers Europe, stated: “Total is currently extending the applications of the recycled compounds concept by developing additional new grades, since we believe it will be essential to place the European virgin plastics industry in a new yet essential role as ‘circularity enhancer’.”

The range consists of HDPE polymer products, in natural color, that cover all the manufacturing needs for blow-molded bottles and heavy-duty containers for household and industrial liquids with a guarantee of 25% or 50% minimum of Post Consumer Recyclate (PCR). Total’s initial production capacity of HDPE Circular Compounds amounts to 20 kT, coming fully on stream during the course of 2017.

The composition and manufacturing process of these Circular Compounds is especially designed to minimize their environmental footprint, while ensuring outstanding performance and processing properties, guaranteed by Total just as with any virgin resin. Their recycled content originates from post-consumer household waste collected in Western European countries and is recycled by selected partners chosen by Total for their outstanding product quality and recycling process capabilities. In its Antwerp plant, Total applies a last deep decontamination step, which transforms the PCR into an absolute fragrance-free resin.

Finally, the PCR is compounded in Total’s plant with highly technological HDPE virgin products, specifically designed and produced as intermediate resins in order to overcompensate for any lack of performance and consistency of the PCR. The resulting compounds are meant to be fully equivalent to any virgin resin sold in the same application, but in reality they largely outperform them in all key aspects for their application.

For the Circular Economy and for plastics in general, the innovative concept of high performance Circular Compounds allows the recycling industry and the virgin resin industry to open up new markets for high-quality recycled polymers. As a contribution in this area, Total’s objective is to enable downstream industries to rely on recycled materials and to achieve this, we are currently developing additional new grades for a wide variety of applications.

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