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SABIC to create circular polymers from recycled plastic

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, and Malaysia-based plastic recycling company, HHI, have announced a new collaboration to create certified circular polymers produced through the advanced recycling of recovered mixed and used ocean-bound plastic. The certified circular polyolefins from ocean-bound plastic, from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio of circular solutions, will be used by the company’s customers to announce new products over the coming months.

As well as helping to protect our oceans and waterways, the ocean-bound plastic collection helps to create value for local communities by increasing demand for recycled plastic across the industry. The material is recovered by HHI partners – predominantly in Malaysia – from ocean-feeding waterways and inland areas within a 50 km radius of the ocean.

The recovered material is then sent to HHI, where the company converts the used plastic into pyrolysis oil through advanced recycling. The pyrolysis oil is then used by SABIC in its production process as an alternative to traditional fossil materials to make new certified circular polymers. The material has been certified under the Zero Plastic Oceans accreditation, and HHI is one of the first organisations to have received certification confirming that the materials it recycles qualify as ocean-bound.

HHI created its own model to outline the steps required to facilitate the transition to a circular economy. The model has five stages which are to collect ocean-bound plastic through its extensive network; convert them into high-quality, manufacturable materials; collaborate with partners to create new products; provide customers with the platform to champion their use of more sustainable materials; and catalyse a generation of conscientious consumers who will opt for sustainable materials.

The circular polymers produced from ocean-bound plastic form part of SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio and services for circular innovations. Launched in 2019, the portfolio spans mechanically recycled products, certified circular products from advanced recycling of used plastic and certified renewables products from bio-based feedstock, as well as design for recyclability and closed loop recycling initiatives.

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