Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, announced today its collaboration with CEDAP, a leading specialist in sheet extrusion for the packaging industry. The partnership seeks to advance the implementation of recycled polystyrene (PS) used in food packaging applications by utilizing chemically recycled PS to develop and test food grade recycled PS packaging.
Trinseo will also collaborate with CEDAP lending technical expertise to support the development of a 100% PS made yogurt container. CEDAP is currently participating in a project, which aims to create a mono material yogurt container, including the label, lid, and pot. This project is spearheaded by the consortium Citeo, including Plastiques Venthenat (PV), Amcor, and Triballat.
“This is an exciting collaboration that Trinseo is lending technical, processing and performance expertise on,” said Nicolas Joly, Global Business Director, Polystyrene and Feedstocks at Trinseo. “The implementation of a recycled PS in food grade packaging is coming closer to reality as we work hand in hand with the packaging industry. Furthermore, the development of a mono material yogurt pot would enable greater ease of recyclability and in turn unlock the opportunity for a new life in other applications via chemical or mechanical recycling of PS.”
Trinseo’s Engagement in PS Recycling
Trinseo is highly engaged in several partnerships and initiatives to close the loop on PS recycling, namely:
Full PS circularity is a game changer, offering a unique potential for closed loop recycling – with two fewer steps than recycling of other polymers. Depolymerization is an innovative technology for PS recycling, which has already proven to bring polystyrene waste back into a monomer – unlocking the intrinsic circularity of PS even further. In turn, PS circularity is particularly advantageous as it diverts waste material away from landfills, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gases and harmful emissions.
In North America, Trinseo’s joint venture, Americas Styrenics (AmSty), recently formed a joint venture with Agilyx, named Regenyx LLC, dedicated to fully recycling post-consumer polystyrene materials back into new polystyrene products. Through Regenyx, AmSty is providing customers with PS recycled from a monomer state, from post-consumer waste, known as PolyUsable™.
Trinseo (NYSE:TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber with a focus on delivering innovative, sustainable, and value-creating products that are intrinsic to our daily lives. Trinseo is dedicated to making a positive impact on society by partnering with like-minded stakeholders, and supporting the sustainability goals of our customers in a wide range of end-markets including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, packaging, footwear, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $3.0 billion in net sales in 2020, with 17 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,600 employees. For more information, please visit: www.trinseo.com.
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