Looking at the Circularity of PS
Trinseo and Greiner Packaging Cooperate
Trinseo, Berwyn, PA/USA, announced its collaboration with Greiner Packaging International GmbH, Kremsmünster, Austria, to advance the implementation of recycled polystyrene (PS) used in packaging applications. The joint project aims to demonstrate the circularity of PS by utilizing recycled material to develop and test recycled PS packaging.
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 PS waste back into a monomer – unlocking the intrinsic circularity of PS even further. In turn, PS circularity is particularly advantaged as it diverts waste material away from landfills, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gases and harmful emissions.
Trinseo is engaged in several partnerships and initiatives to close the loop on PS recycling, namely:
- Recently announcing a first-of-its-kind PS chemical recycling facility to be built in Europe.
- Planning to offer an average of 30% recycled content to customers for PS packaging in Europe by 2025.
- Serving as a founding member of Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), a consortium that explores new methods for PS recycling.
- Partnering with the waste supply chain to help identify new ways to increase the volume and quantity of plastics disposed and recovered through waste separation.
In North America, Trinseo’s joint venture, AmSty, recently formed a joint venture with Agilyx, named Regenyx LLC, dedicated to fully recycling post-consumer PS materials back into new PS products. Through Regenyx, AmSty is providing customers with PS recycled from a monomer state, from post-consumer waste, known as PolyUsable.
Trinseo, Berwyn, PA/USA, is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. The company had approximately USD 4.6 billion in net sales in 2018, with 16 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2500 employees.
About Greiner Packaging
Greiner Packaging International GmbH, Kremsmünster, Austria, is a European manufacturer of plastic packaging in the food and nonfood sectors. The company employs a workforce of around 4800 at more than 30 locations in 19 countries around the world. In 2018, the company generated annual sales revenues of EUR 673 million (including joint ventures), which represents more than one third of Greiner’s total sales.
Greiner Packaging GmbH
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