Belgium: Total Launches Circular Compound Range Synergies in Polymers

Editor: Alexander Stark

Total introduces a new range of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Circular Compounds with high levels of recycled content to its packaging segment customers.

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Total Polymers Antwerp
Total Polymers Antwerp
(Source: Total/ Photo: © Michel Clinckemaille)

Brussels/Belgium – The company claims that this new product range has a performance equal to or exceeding that of virgin resins.

The range consists of HDPE polymer products, in natural color 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.

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 recycled content originates from post-consumer household waste collected in Western European countries and is recycled by selected partners chosen by Total. In its Antwerp plant, Total applies a last deep decontamination step, which transforms the PCR into a fragrance-free resin.

Finally, the PCR is compounded in Total’s plant with 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.