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Trinseo Leaders Sign Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration in Brussels

More than 100 signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025

HORGEN, Switzerland - Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Nicolas Joly and Tim Stedman

On September 20, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain signed the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA), which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning European Union (EU) market in recycled plastics.

The declaration lays out how the alliance will reach the target of 10 million tons of recycled plastic used to make new products every year in Europe, by 2025. This target was set by the European Commission in its 2018 Plastics Strategy, as part of its efforts to boost plastics recycling in Europe.

Trinseo supports plastics recycling in the EU and proudly celebrates the CPA declaration which was signed in Brussels by two of the Company’s leaders who were representing valued industry organizations in leadership roles – Nicolas Joly, President of Styrenics Circular Solutions, and Tim Stedman, Vice President of PlasticsEurope.

“The signature of the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance is another important milestone towards recycling the valuable Polystyrene waste,” said Nicolas Joly, Global Business Director, Polystyrene at Trinseo. “The CPA brings together the various players throughout the value chain, including regulation authorities, which will help us accelerating the transition towards the infinite circularity of Polystyrene.”

Trinseo was one of four founding members of Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), a joint industry initiative to drive the shift to a more circular economy for styrenics, which was incorporated as an independent organization and collaboration platform in December 2018. In April, Nicolas Joly, Global Business Director, Polystyrene at Trinseo, was elected President of the organization.

“The plastics industry and its immediate value chain have made a commitment to drive change,” said Tim Stedman, Senior Vice President and Business President, Plastics and Feedstocks and Global Supply Chain at Trinseo. “These measurable goals outlined in the declaration are not just far off promises but rather real measurable goals that will manifest in important change.”

The CPA declaration will remain open for signature on the EU Commission's website for more signatories to join over time, in particular public authorities from all across Europe.

About Styrenics Circular Solutions

Styrenics Circular Solutions is a joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of styrenics. The initiative engages the entire value chain in the development and industrialization of new recycling technologies and solutions. It aims to strengthen the sustainability of styrenic products while improving resource efficiency within the Circular Economy. For more information visit www.styrenics-circular-solutions.com.

About PlasticsEurope

PlasticsEurope is a leading pan-European association and represents plastics manufacturers active in the European plastics industry. The plastics industry in Europe is a vibrant sector that helps improve the quality of life by enabling innovation, facilitating resource efficiency and enhancing climate protection.

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE:TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. We are focused on delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to help our customers create products that touch lives every day — products that are intrinsic to how we live our lives — across a wide range of end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, lighting, electrical, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $4.6 billion in net sales in 2018, with 16 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,500 employees. For more information visit www.trinseo.com.

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