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Actions will promote the reuse of post-consumer plastics by manufacturers.
Actions will promote the reuse of post-consumer plastics by manufacturers.

Braskem announced new partnerships for the development of chemical recycling, with a focus on transforming post-consumer plastics once again into chemical products that can be used by various different value chains.

The partnerships seek to further research into technologies that can transform plastics that are more difficult to be recycled mechanically into new chemical products, according to the world's leading biopolymer producer.

The research is being conducted in partnership with the Polymer Engineering Laboratory (EngePol) at the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute of Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), the SENAI Institute for Innovation in Biosynthetics (SENAI CETIQT) and Cetrel (an environmental service company that started its activities in 1978 jointly with manufacturers located in the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex).

“As we strive to reach a true circular economy, we recognize the challenges and limitations posed by traditional recycling technologies. Braskem is committed to developing, implementing and offering sustainable solutions. Chemical recycling and its potential to overcome all these challenges and limitations will enable us to achieve this goal,” explained Gus Hutras, head of Process Technology at Braskem.

This new technological route complements the initiatives that Braskem has recently undertaken to contribute to the circular economy, which is a production concept that involves reducing, reusing, recuperating and recycling materials to create a sustainable cycle from the production phase to the reintegration of materials in a new production process.

“The advantage of chemical recycling lies in its capacity to process and transform plastic waste back into a raw material that can be used to make new plastics," said Fabiana Quiroga, head of Recycling.

Braskem has defined a series of global initiatives to boost the circular economy. Entitled “Braskem's Positioning for the Circular Economy”, the document establishes initiatives for forging partnerships with clients to conceive new products that will extend and facilitate the recycling and reuse of plastic packaging, especially single-use packaging. It also establishes higher investments in new resins derived from renewable resources.

The initiatives also include encouraging consumers to get involved in recycling programs through educational actions focusing on conscientious consumerism, the use of life cycle assessment tools and support for actions that improve solid waste management to prevent the disposal of debris in marine environments.

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