Statistics exist from many sources about the percentage of plastic that is truly recycled. Estimates range from 9 to 25 percent. The remainder may end up in landfills or be incinerated. A fair amount of these plastics are referred to as “low quality , mixed plastic waste” and consist of LDPE, HDPE, PS and PP.
An England based company named Plastic Energy, Ltd. (PEL) has developed a process that converts these low quality waste plastics into a product called Tacoil. Tacoil is made through a thermal anaerobic conversion (TAC) that is sold to resin manufacturers for producing virgin, food-safe plastic pellets used in manufacturing consumer goods and packaging. PEL has two plants producing Tacoil, both located in Spain.
Sabic (a plastic resin manufacturer and one of Mainline’s resin suppliers), headquartered in Saudi Arabia, has announced agreements made with three strategic customers – Unilever being one of them – to launch a program to use certified polymers made with Tacoil for use in consumer products.
Dubbed “certified circular polymers”, the finished products could be making their way into our households later this year.
The circular world of plastics has now been created!