A global multi-participant project has been launched to address polypropylene (PP) in the plastics recycling stream.
Data suggests that PP accounts for around 20% of the world’s plastic, mostly used in pots, tubs, trays and films for food packaging.
It is also prevalent in non-food household and personal care products, which complicates recycling the 700,000 tonnes per annum used in the UK alone.
PP packaging usually goes to waste-to-energy, landfill or is down-cycled into low-performance applications. Additionally, the absence of food-grade recycled PP (FGrPP) means that all PP food packaging is currently made from virgin plastics.