INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA announced its manufacturing sites in Texas and California have been awarded the ISCC PLUS certifications from ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification).
This certification recognizes the company's commercial-scale trials of advanced recycling technology to produce ethylene, propylene, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP).
The ISCC PLUS certification supports the success INEOS has achieved in the commercial-scale trial and lays the groundwork for INEOS’ commercial offering for polymer products.
According to INEOS, advanced recycling converts waste plastic, which was destined for a landfill, back into a liquid raw material for reuse in plastic production. Also known as chemical recycling, this technology can be used for various types of plastic, including mixed plastic waste streams that are normally difficult to process with traditional recycling.
The product properties are reportedly identical to virgin plastics made from oil and gas. Advanced recycling creates a closed-loop system for plastics management; helps reduce landfills; prevents plastic from ending up in the environment; and reduces the use of fossil fuel-based raw materials, per the company.
INEOS Olefins and Polymer USA have reportedly received market interest in polyethylene and polypropylene products derived from recycled plastics.
“Plastic waste is an important problem that INEOS is committed to addressing,” said Mike Nagle, CEO of INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA. “Using difficult-to-recycle waste streams as new raw material is a step for change. This investment is not only beneficial to INEOS and our customers, but also for the overall global issue of plastic waste and the management of essential plastic products. I applaud the team and the business for reaching this important milestone as part of our circular economy program.”
“The certification by ISCC continues the journey of building a sustainable business for the future with our customers, employees and neighbors,” added Phil Fusco, vice president of Polymers for INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA. “We are committed to the transparency and challenge that certifications such as ISCC PLUS bring to our organization and our industry. The response to both this certification and our success in processing advanced recycled feedstocks from our high-density polyethylene and polypropylene customer base has been overwhelmingly positive. We now have advanced recycled HDPE and PP available for sale.”