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PureCycle Technologies

A purification process producing an ultra-pure recycled polypropylene plastic

February 2020
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The PureCycle Technologies recycling process, developed by Procter & Gamble, removes color, odor and contaminants from plastic waste feedstock and transforms it into a virgin-like ultra-pure recycled polypropylene.

Today, recycled plastics are typically contaminated with toxic impurities, darkly colored, and have a strong unpleasant odor. These quality issues prevent widespread use of recycled plastics in most consumer applications. For example, recycled plastic cannot be used in food and other sensitive packaging applications due to the concerns of product safety and the inability to deliver premium packaging experiences. To fully enable a circular economy, the quality of recycled plastic must be as close as possible to virgin plastic. The PureCycle purification process cleans, decontaminates, and decolorizes recycled polypropylene (the second most produced and used plastic in the world). PureCycle Technologies is commercializing a physical purification process that was invented by The Procter & Gamble Company. The physical purification process uses a non-toxic solvent to extract impurities and contaminants from recovered waste polypropylene. This resulting ultra-pure recycled polypropylene plastic can be produced with 60-85% less energy when compared to the energy required to produce virgin polypropylene. (Please note the 60-85% range is based on a forecasted utility demand for a commercial-scale purification plant, which has been designed but not yet built).

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Label Date February 27, 2020
From United States
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For New clients, Visibility, Funding, Credibility, Network, Partners,

The environmental benefits

  • 60-85% energy saving compared to virgin polypropylene
  • Each of PureCycle’s facilities will divert 120 million lbs from landfill, incineration, or downcycling
  • Increased collection and recovery of polypropylene

The Financial benefits

  • Allows a 100% recycled plastic claim on products
  • Pricing comparable to virgin polypropylene
  • 65+ jobs created per commercial-scale facility

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Procter & Gamble - P&G

P&G was founded over 180 years ago as a soap and candle company.

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Headquarters Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
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