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BASF launches ChemCycling in the USA

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The chemical company has announced that it is now also marketing chemical recycling products manufactured in the USA.

The products are said to be ISSC+-certified building blocks. These are obtained from recycled plastic waste at the BASF Total Energy plant in Port Arthur in the US state of Texas, BASF Corporation announced in February 2024. The products of BASF's Ccycled brand obtained from so-called ChemCycling could partially replace virgin material and be used for numerous BASF products manufactured in the USA, such as superabsorbent polymers, engineering plastics or polyurethanes. The recycled content is said to be allocated to the building blocks using a mass balance approach. According to BASF, the products from chemical recycling have the same properties as conventional products made from fossil raw materials.
 
Dr Gulay Serhatkulu, Senior Vice President Petrochemicals at BASF North America, explains: "By using recycled raw materials at the beginning of the chemical value chain, plastic waste becomes a resource that creates added value for the environment, society and the economy." In the USA, less than nine per cent of plastic waste would be recycled each year. By establishing chemical recycling as a complementary solution to mechanical recycling, it was possible to utilise more plastic waste, especially plastics that could not be mechanically recycled for technological, economic or environmental reasons. This includes plastics with residues as well as mixed plastic waste fractions that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated. Johanne Wilson, Business Development Manager for ChemCycling at BASF, adds: "Our customers can process ChemCycling products in the same way as conventionally manufactured products for use in their downstream businesses, including high-performance packaging and demanding applications such as automotive and construction.“
 
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American subsidiary of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. The company reportedly employs around 16,000 people in North America and generated sales of 25.7 billion US dollars in 2022.
 
Sources:

  • Press release BASF Corporation (20.2.2024)
  • Photo: © BASF

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