Dow and P&G collaborate to develop innovative polyethylene recycling technology – Press Release

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and DOW have joined forces to create a new process that can recover high-quality polyethylene (PE) from plastic waste that is difficult to recycle. The innovative technology combines the companies’ expertise in dissolution recycling, large-scale manufacturing, and materials science.

Dissolution recycling involves using a solvent to separate a specific polymer from impurities found in complex plastic materials. In this collaboration, the focus is on PE, which can be extracted and used in various new applications once separated from other materials. P&G plans to use the recovered material in new packaging, promoting circularity and maximizing the use of resources.

The joint development agreement between the two companies targets the recovery of PE from post-household plastic waste, including rigid, flexible, and multi-layer packaging. One of the main objectives of the partnership is to create a process that generates lower emissions compared to traditional fossil-based PE production or other advanced recycling technologies. The work has already begun and will continue until commercialization is achieved.

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