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ncreased interest in sustainability and a circular economy are
driving new recycling techniques and types of packaging.
"With the growing awareness around the amount
of plastics in our global environment, sustainability, and
specifically recycling, is becoming more important every
day," said Ken Brunnbauer, marketing manager for Glenroy
Flexible Packaging.
Keith Christman, managing director of plastic markets
for the American Chemistry Council, said there are several
innovations taking place in recycling and recovering plastics.
One of the most promising is chemical recycling. Chemical
recycling, also called advanced recycling and recovery, returns
post-use plastics to their basic chemical building blocks.
"You take the plastics, melt them back down, and from that,
you can create brand new quality plastics for oils or waxes that
have new markets and new great possibilities," Christman said.
Mark Egle, regional sales manager for Specialty Lubricants
Corp., a private-label manufacturer of specialty greases and
oils, said there is a myth that surrounds recycling in the U.S.

that if you throw something in the green bin, it gets recycled.
"When it comes to plastic bottles, the reality of that just
isn't true for a variety of reasons," he said. "Some things, like
motor oil bottles, are contaminated themselves and don't
lend themselves to the post-consumer recycling process."
That would change with chemical recycling. With new
technologies, plastic waste can be converted into a range of
products and raw materials, such as chemicals and chemical feedstocks for new plastics, lower-carbon transportation
fuels and other petroleum-based commodities, said Sean
Riley, senior director, media and industry communications, for PMMI, the association for packaging and
processing technologies.
In petrochemicals, the circular economy is a major driver
in the chemicals and plastics sector, said Robert Dudley, CEO
of BP. "We see chemical recycling as a game-changer for the
plastics circularity," he said during a BP earnings call. "We are
developing technologies to lead the market in this space and
looking to commercialize these technologies by 2025."

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