If companies want to meet their publicly-stated sustainability goals but still use #5 resin, then they will have to pay for the more expensive recycled version and help MRFs get the staff and technology necessary to capture it. “As a recycler spending a lot of time to find new sources for #3-7 and polypropylene right now, it’s disappointing to see communities removing 3-7 and #5 from their programs,” she said.Â, Quinn understands why some recycling facilities — and consequently, some municipalities — hesitate to try and process these plastics. The initiative, Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, has an initial funding target of $35m over five years. Only about 53% of MRFs take the plastic, and Greenpeace calculates the U.S. recycling industry has the capacity to process less than 5% of all #5 products. Get waste news like this in your inbox daily. “Milliken’s partnership with the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition illustrates our goal of convening thought leaders within the plastics industry to help create meaningful solutions to address the plastics end-of-life challenge,” shares Halsey Cook, president and CEO for Milliken & Company. To ensure that domestic reuse supply chain develops, The Recycling Partnership recently said it plans to start a new group that will bring together manufacturing and recycling stakeholders to solve collection, processing and reuse issues that polypropylene (PP) plastics face in North America. “Winpak is proud to be a founding member of the Coalition,” states Phillip Crowder, Director, Corporate Sustainability. Want to share a company announcement with your peers? The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the United States by awarding grant dollars for sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs and research. According to the report, a $250 million investment in new collection infrastructure could pull an estimated 55.2 million more pounds of PP into the recycling system along with multiple other types of plastic.Â, Many MRFs aren’t investing in robotic or optical sorting fit for pulling out polypropylene (among other materials) or they aren’t connected to buyers interested in the material, according, That's why the nonprofit plans to launch a Polypropylene Recycling Coalition (originally called the, Polypropylene Industry Council) representing, Recent research by Closed Loop Partners also notes how many MRFs lack the necessary technology to sort polypropylene. . There are numerous uses for recycled polypropylene resin ranging from storage tubs to pipes,Â, . The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the U.S. by awarding grant dollars for sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs and research. Since 2014, the nonprofit change agent diverted 230 million pounds of new recyclables from landfills, saved 465 million gallons of water, avoided more than 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases, and drove significant reductions in targeted contamination rates. The coalition is an industry collaboration created by The Recycling Partnership to better the country’s polypropylene plastic recovery and recycling. Per Federal Trade Commission rules, at least 60% of U.S. residents must have access to recycling facilities for a product to be labeled “recyclable.” But according to Greenpeace investigations, only 31% of residents can drop polypropylene in their curbside recycling bins. . Yet recycling rates for a variety of PP products remain very low, according to the latest U.S. EPA data. But she knows that with cheap virgin resin hitting the market soon, competition will be stiff. Virgin polypropylene is cheaper than recycled material. Milliken clarifiers, nucleating agents, performance modifiers and other additive solutions help ensure that PP plastic can be successfully recycled and made available for reuse in various applications—preserving its value and extending its useful life. The Recycling Partnership is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in states, cities, and communities nationwide. And even if all those residents kept all their polypropylene from the trash, the resin can still end up in landfills. Braskem joins Polypropylene Recycling Coalition. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the U.S. by awarding grant dollars for sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs and research. -1. “And we’re looking for more sources.”Â, Follow Polyolefins producer Braskem has joined the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, an initiative of The Recycling Partnership that seeks industry collaboration to improve the US PP recycling infrastructure. FALLS CHURCH - The Recycling Partnership has announced nearly US$2 million in catalytic grants to advance polypropylene recycling in the U.S. through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a cross-industry collaboration that launched just four months ago with founding members including LyondellBasel and Procter & Gamble. (Photo Credit: The Recycling Partnership) Global manufacturer Milliken & Company joined the new Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a collaborative plastics industry effort that the Recycling Partnership established over the summer to boost polypropylene plastic recovery and recycling in … “Winpak is proud to be a founding member of the Coalition,” states Phillip Crowder, Director, Corporate Sustainability. this year from one facility alone. Subscribe to Waste Dive to get the must-read news & insights in your inbox. In its first move, the coalition released a request for proposals calling on recyclers to apply for grant funding that will be used to purchase "equipment or process investments that establish permanent and sustainable MRF acceptance and recycling of polypropylene packaging." The question is: Who will foot the bill? “It will add a new dimension to our goal to boost plastic circularity—which includes maintaining a robust portfolio of additives and modifiers.”. And even if all those residents kept all their polypropylene from the trash, the resin can still end up in landfills. Spartanburg, S.C. – As part of a multi-pronged strategy aimed to amplify plastic circularity, Milliken & Company joined the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, an industry collaboration established by The Recycling Partnership to improve polypropylene (PP) plastic recovery and recycling in the U.S. Milliken will tap into its material science expertise to help the organization increase the supply of high-quality recycled PP plastic in a variety of ways, including funding the coalition’s efforts to enhance the PP recycling infrastructure nationwide, establishing consumer education programs that encourage curbside recycling, and offering its product portfolio to packaging producers looking to use recycled PP plastic material. Through these efforts, the coalition will help make it easier for people to recycle PP plastic and ensure more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their facilities. Though if the MRF does put out #3-7 bales, Quinn is willing to work with them, even if the offering still isn’t quite what her company needs.Â. “If [companies] don’t take action to stick to what they’ve committed to publicly, the very cheap virgin pricing will tempt a lot of manufacturers,” Quinn said. When China stopped accepting these mixed plastic varieties in 2018, many municipalities started disposing them instead.Â. Through these efforts, the coalition will help make it easier for people to recycle PP plastic and ensure more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their facilities. Dell doesn’t think consumers will pay for that to happen. March 4: As the recycling industry figures out what to do with the mixed plastics it used to send abroad, one resin category is seen as standing the best chance of dodging the landfill. Though some North American facilities say they would like to see more of the resin coming their way, new research from Greenpeace claims polypropylene is not technically “recyclable” in the United States at all and likely won’t ever be accepted widely enough to meet that definition. Learn more at recyclingpartnership.org. While they may disagree on its future, each party weighing in on #5 acknowledges the current processing capacity and recycled resin appetite needs to grow if the material will ever have widespread reuse. UltraFit Solutions allow converters to use recycled PP plastic resins to produce parts with consistent dimensional tolerances. July 8, 2020. “If you want it, you need to pay for it,” said Jan Dell, an independent engineer who led a MRF survey that was the basis of Greenpeace's report. DELTA, B.C. But this type of plastic is recycled less often in the United States because it’s not accepted by as many curbside recycling programs. “We think that polypropylene is close to being a fully-blown success story.”​. Through these efforts, the coalition will help make it easier for people to recycle PP and ensure that more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their facilities. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a project of The Recycling Partnership, on Dec. 8 announced nearly $2 million in grants to four MRF recipients. Merlin’s membership in the U.S.-based, industry organization will allow it to bring its 30 plus years of experience in the Canadian and US recycling plastics realm to assist the Coalition’s drive to improve the recovery and circularity of polypropylene (PP) plastic. The Recycling Partnership has launched the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, an industry collaboration to improve polypropylene (PP) recovery and recycling in the United States and further develop the end market of high-quality recycled PP. The It’s going to get even cheaper too, with a billion pounds of new resin set to hit the market this year from one facility alone. When it comes to making any of those mixed bale plastics recyclable, “We see a faster track for PP than other materials in the 3-7 mix,” said Harrison. That puts the cost burden on manufacturers and brands, she said, "and I predict they won’t make that decision.”. Their work concluded that, based on calculations using a five-year trailing average for PP prices, it takes, Per Federal Trade Commission rules, at least 60% of U.S. residents must have access to recycling facilities for a product to be labeled “recyclable.” But according to Greenpeace investigations, only. The question is: Who will foot the bill? Recent research by Closed Loop Partners also notes how many MRFs lack the necessary technology to sort polypropylene. Millad NX 8000 clarifier received Critical Guidance Recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in 2019. Discover more about the curious minds and inspired solutions at Milliken at www.milliken.com, and join us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. “If I find a bale that’s a bit too contaminated but has good material in it, it’s an exciting day for me,” Quinn said. The Recycling Partnership launches polypropylene recycling group with $35M funding target. The coalition was conceived originally by the Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit specializing in leveraging corporate funds for recycling initiatives. After all, many municipalities are already opting to burn or bury their polypropylene instead of spending more money to get their #3-7 bales to one of the few domestic facilities that will take them, Dell pointed out. 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The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, as part of The Recycling Partnership’s Pathway to Circularity Initiative, is supported by funders representing all segments of the material’s value chain, including founding members Keurig Dr Pepper, Braskem, and the Walmart Foundation. “Markets are hungry and companies are signing pledges to use more post-consumer resin in their products,” Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership, told Waste Dive. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, which is a project of The Recycling Partnership, will provide grants to materials recovery facilities (MRFs) for optical sorters, robots, conveyors, or other equipment or facility improvements needed to allow the sorting and marketing of PP. Harrison thinks the Greenpeace report takes a static look at the recycling industry, which is rapidly adapting to shifts in international trade. If Quinn spots an option that’s shy of that percentage, she’ll talk to that MRF to see what it would take to get an extra quality control position on the line to ensure the bales are up to standard. “You can’t solve this from just a design point of view and you can’t just label your way out of this," said Harrison. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the U.S. by awarding grant dollars for sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs and research. Last October, the corporate-backed nonprofit debuted plans to. The nonprofit and others are calling for greater investment to capture and sort #5 plastics, with a new RFP for MRF funding. The Recycling Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report. This recognition for innovative materials validates that Millad NX 8000 clarifier is compatible with plastic packaging recycling and does not adversely affect the recyclability of PP parts. The Coalition is an industry-wide collaboration aimed at improvements to polypropylene recycling to increase access, recovery and end markets usage. It’s going to get even cheaper too, with a, billion pounds of new resin set to hit the market. The recycling industry did not previously fixate on what to do with polypropylene in the U.S. because it was mostly shipped abroad. Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership But she knows that with cheap virgin resin hitting the market soon, competition will be stiff. But the lack of infrastructure for #5 processing is what Dell calls a “symptom” of the larger problem that manufacturers have limited financial motivation to buy the recycled resin. The plastic was (and often still is) part of #3-7 bales, which workers in other countries would manually disassemble and sort. Since many MRFs were built to focus on processing mixed paper, a product struggling with its own low market values, processors are careful to avoid any kind of contamination from other materials. Catch up on all of Waste Dive's reporting here. In the meantime, “we’re certainly not slowing down — we’ve expanded capacity a lot in the last year,” Quinn said. The recycling industry did not previously fixate on what to do with polypropylene in the U.S. because it was mostly shipped abroad. The nonprofit and others are calling for greater investment to capture and sort #5 plastics, with a new RFP for MRF funding. – Merlin Plastics has joined The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition. Suppliers would then have to buy the recycled version, even if it’s more expensive.Â. Today, the Coalition announced nearly $2 million in grant dollars to upgrade and improve the sorting equipment at recycling facilities and support consumer education programs to advance polypropylene recycling. As the leading organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging to local governments charged with recycling to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters, The Recycling Partnership positively impacts recycling at every step in the process. “This is not logical or helpful to the environment or honest to the consumer in any sense,” said Dell, who is also founder of The Last Beach Cleanup. Last October, the corporate-backed nonprofit debuted plans to push U.S. recycling toward complete circularity with the same products and resins moving through a continuous loop rather than getting disposed after one use. Eight thousand associates across 46 locations globally rally behind a common purpose: to positively impact the world for generations. The industry collaboration was created to improve polypropylene recovery and recycling in the country. With innovations spanning textiles, flooring, specialty chemicals, and healthcare, Milliken solutions answer the call of some of the world’s greatest challenges.Named to the World’s Most Ethical Companies list by Ethisphere Institute for 14 years, the company continues to meet the moment with an unwavering commitment to sustainably solving problems for its customers, industries and communities. If companies want to meet their publicly-stated sustainability goals but still use #5 resin, then they will have to pay for the more expensive recycled version and help MRFs get the staff and technology necessary to capture it. The question now is how much investment it will take for polypropylene #5 to become a larger and more consistent presence in the recycling supply chain. “Through the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, we are rapidly driving meaningful, measurable change by awarding grants to four material recovery facilities that will improve and increase the capture of polypropylene. To her, the one factor that could make recycled resin pull away from virgin is corporate commitment to recyclability pledges. The coronavirus pandemic has brought sweeping changes to the U.S., including significant effects for an industry that has continued its work throughout the crisis. Twitter. According to The Recycling Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report, as much as 1.6 billion pounds of PP plastic may be available per year from single-family homes for potential recycling into new products. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, launched in July, is funded by corporations such as Keurig Dr. Pepper, Braskem and the Walmart Foundation. Polypropylene plastic offers important sustainability advantages in food and non-food packaging applications, including high-performance mechanical properties that reduce the amount of material required in an application compared to other resins. According to the report, a $250 million investment in new collection infrastructure could pull an estimated 55.2 million more pounds of PP into the recycling system along with multiple other types of plastic. Research conducted for The Recycling Partnership by an outside firm found that single-family households create 1.65 billion pound of polypropylene each year​ alone. The Coalition is an industry-wide collaboration aimed at improvements to polypropylene recycling to increase access, recovery and end markets usage. Regardless of who is helping MRFs capture and process more polypropylene, at least one company, EFS-Plastics, would like to see more of it. Subscribe to Waste Dive: Topics covered: recycling, landfills, collections, organics diversion, waste-to-energy, and much more. To her, the one factor that could make recycled resin pull away from virgin is corporate commitment to recyclability pledges. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the United States by awarding grant dollars for sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs and research. Many MRFs aren’t investing in robotic or optical sorting fit for pulling out polypropylene (among other materials) or they aren’t connected to buyers interested in the material, according to Harrison. That's why the nonprofit plans to launch a Polypropylene Recycling Coalition (originally called the Polypropylene Industry Council) representing local government members, MRF operators and manufacturers to address the problem. Their work concluded that, based on calculations using a five-year trailing average for PP prices, it takes two to five years to see a return on investment for the appropriate equipment.​, But Greenpeace and Dell question whether this kind of investment is worthwhile without stronger pricing and a larger-scale investment in the entire system. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the U.S. by awarding grant dollars for sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs and research. The money, which is the first grant funding issued by the coalition, is going to facilities that do not currently accept PP, allowing them to begin sorting and selling the plastic. Through these efforts, the coalition will help make it easier for people to recycle PP plastic and ensure more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their facilities. Booming virgin production may still make this a challenging proposition. Last month, Greenpeace reported how much of the plastic actually gets recycled and pointed to a wide gap in changing that situation.Â. Nearly 74% of sector executives or senior managers are White males, per federal data. Just last week, the nonprofit also released a joint statement with the Association of Plastic Recyclers, Closed Loop Partners and Sustainable Packaging Coalition saying they "stand by" PP despite recent talk of its recycling challenges. The Recycling Partnership Launches Polypropylene Recycling Coalition to Improve and Increase America's Recovery of Plastic Packaging and Strengthen … on Through these efforts, the coalition will help make it easier for people to recycle PP and ensure that more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their facilities. Joining the coalition is part of Milliken’s attempt to amplify plastic circularity, the company said in a statement. EFS-Plastics requires bales that are at least 50% polypropylene and/or polyethylene. News Post || Tech News The Recycling Partnership is increasing polypropylene recycling in four states, with plans for ... additional locations. There are numerous uses for recycled polypropylene resin ranging from storage tubs to pipes, Quinn said. Because it can be used in containers, closures and labels, PP plastic helps avoid multilayer constructions that are traditionally difficult to recycle. Discover announcements from companies in your industry. It is part of The Recycling Partnership’s Pathway to Circularity Initiative. And theoretically, Dell sees how more of the material could end up in recycling bins and get processed by MRFs. Milliken joins Polypropylene Recycling Coalition September 16th, 2020 / By: IFAI / Company News As part of a multi-pronged strategy aimed to amplify plastic circularity, Milliken & Company has joined the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, an industry collaboration established by The Recycling Partnership to improve polypropylene (PP) plastic recovery and recycling in the U.S. UPDATE: July 8, 2020: The Recycling Partnership officially launched the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition today, with an initial $35 million funding target over five years. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the U.S. by awarding grant dollars for sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs and research. Initial members include Keurig Dr Pepper, Braskem, the Walmart Foundation, the American Chemistry Council, Danone North America, EFS Plastics, KW Plastics, LyondellBasell, Procter & Gamble, St. Joseph Plastics, and Winpak. Polypropylene Recycling Coalition awards nearly $2 million in grants that will impact four million people nationally FALLS CHURCH, Va. (December 8, 2020) – The Recycling Partnership today announced nearly $2 million in catalytic grants to advance polypropylene recycling in … The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the United States by awarding grant dollars for sorting equipment and supporting consumer education programs and research. MOSCOW -- Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, announces its participation as a founding member and funding partner of the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a new initiative of The Recycling Partnership, said the company.Braskem"s collaboration within the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition will focus on … In its initial round of funding, the Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is providing four grants to materials recovery facilities (MRFs) across the United States that will improve and increase sortation of PP and support targeted consumer education efforts. Milliken’s DeltaMax™ Performance Modifiers, UltraFit™ Solutions and Millad® NX™ 8000 clarifying agent promote the recyclability of PP plastic packaging. he same products and resins moving through a continuous loop rather than getting disposed after one use. To meet client demand, EFS-Plastics is constantly looking for MRFs that can supply the product from across North America, said Eadaoin Quinn, the director of business development and procurement at EFS-Plastics. Through these efforts, the coalition will help make it easier for people to recycle PP and ensure that more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their facilities. Braskem's collaboration within the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition will focus on increasing curbside recycling access for polypropylene (PP) to ensure this critical packaging material is widely recovered and reused in end-markets including food and beverage packaging, consumer products … DeltaMax Performance Modifiers optimize the physical properties and processability of recycled PP plastic resins, particularly their impact resistance and melt flow. Materials science expert Milliken & Company knows that a single molecule has the potential to change the world. Through these efforts, the coalition will help make it easier for people to recycle PP plastic and ensure more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their facilities. What remains to be seen is whether those companies will make that choice and pay the difference. Leslie Nemo Though some North American facilities say they would like to see more of the resin coming their way, “If you want it, you need to pay for it,” said Jan Dell, an independent engineer who led a MRF survey that was the basis of Greenpeace's report. “Our membership in the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is one way we are improving the quality and performance of recycled polypropylene,” adds Allen Jacoby, senior vice president, plastics additives for Milliken’s Chemical Division. The plastic was (and often still is) part of #3-7 bales, which workers in other countries would manually disassemble and sort. Virgin polypropylene is cheaper than recycled material. The free newsletter covering the top industry headlines, To ensure that domestic reuse supply chain develops, The Recycling Partnership. The Canada-based recycler specializes in making post-consumer polypropylene resin pellets, among other plastic products. Public companies are increasing their focus on diversity and inclusion, from the frontlines to the boardroom, following national attention on racism. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, as a part of The Recycling Partnership’s Pathway to Circularity Initiative, is supported by funders representing all segments of the material’s value chain, including founding members Keurig Dr Pepper, Braskem and the Walmart Foundation. Only about 53% of MRFs take the plastic, and Greenpeace calculates the U.S. recycling industry has the capacity to process less than 5% of all #5 products. Booming virgin production may still make this a challenging proposition. 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