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Include more recycled plastic in your production processes

Only 2% of plastic packaging used worldwide each year comes from recycled plastic. At SUEZ, we know how to produce high-quality recycled plastic from used plastic packaging collected from individuals and companies.
The issues

A major economic and environmental issue

Plastics in packaging, buildings, cars or electronic appliances are part of our everyday lives. Today, the quantity of plastic produced in Europe is 50 times higher than the quantity produced 50 years ago, and, on a worldwide scale, our societies have produced 8 billion tonnes of plastics since 1950. Of the 6.3 billion tonnes that have since gone to waste, only 9% have been recycled.

 

Yet recycling seems to be one of the sustainable solutions to treat end-of-life plastics in order to limit the pollution of the environment and the oceans. Furthermore, compared with virgin plastic, producing 1 tonne of recycled plastic saves, on average, 5 barrels of oil and the equivalent of 1.6 tonnes of CO2.

Increasing the share of recycled materials in your plastic packaging is a major issue that helps to protect the planet, while also improving your energy and environmental performances. Today, it is possible to produce recycled plastic of a quality that enables it to replace virgin plastic.
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2
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the share of packaging made from recycled plastic consumed every year worldwide

Source: Ellen MacArthur's Fondation

80 to 90
%
the energy savings made by producing recycled plastic instead of virgin plastic made from oil
Our answers

Offering quality recycled plastic

As a leading player in the recycling of plastics, SUEZ treats more than 400,000 tonnes of plastics and produces 100,000 tonnes of recycled polymers every year.

 

We have a strong command of the technologies used to recycle bottles, plastic film or objects and production offcuts produced by industrial activities. We are focussing on the recycling of the three most widespread polymers in the world: PET, PE and PP. Our solutions produce recycled polymers that meet the highest quality standards.

 

We intervene at every stage in order to optimise the recycling of plastics:

  • Collection and sorting: the waste is collected then carefully sorted using advanced technologies, such as infra-red optical sorting, in which the plastics are separated by the types of polymers and colour, in readiness for their recovery as high-quality recycled raw materials.
  • Processing and recovery: specific processing techniques, such as optical, laser or electrostatic sorting, hot washing, crushing, micronisation and granulation-filtration, are used to transform the waste into products that can be used directly in your production processes in the form of pellets, flakes or powder.

Plants dedicated to recycling plastic, all over the world

We have numerous plants specialised in the treatment of plastic waste. Sorting centres, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Olbrönn, Germany, as well as processing and recovery facilities in Bayonne and Limay, France, and in the Czech Republic. The Group is building a new plant in Thailand to develop its presence in South-East Asia.
The Limay plant, near Paris, produces a recycled PET of a quality similar to that of virgin PET that can be used as packaging for drinks and food. The process meets the most stringent health requirements in Europe and significantly reduces water and energy consumption compared with the production of virgin PET.
The QCP plant (Quality Circular Polymers) near Maastricht in the Netherlands is the first plant of the joint venture set up by SUEZ and LyondellBasell to produce high-quality raw materials for the plastics industry. The plant is capable of transforming household waste into 35,000 tonnes of polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). These recycled raw materials can be used in various sectors of activity, including the production of packaging (bottles, boat-shaped receptacles, cases, buckets), suitcases or pushchairs.
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Our plastic recycling factories

Our solutions

To co-produce “made-to-measure” recycled plastics with you

Plast’lab® is our unique laboratory, dedicated to the recycling of plastic materials by developing partnerships with the industries that consume plastics, in accordance with precise specifications. Plast’lab® analyses, characterises and tests recycled plastics (resistance to shocks, rheology, resistance to heat) in order to formulate new ranges of circular plastics. These new polymers can then be used on markets that previously did not accept recycled plastics in their applications.
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Video: Plast’lab®: How to recycle more plastic? (in French)

Encouraging the collection and sorting of waste with RECO®

In France, we have installed RECO® collection and sorting kiosks in partnership with retailers and with the support of the Citeo eco-organisation. This incentive system is simple. For every plastic bottle deposited, consumers are rewarded with a voucher that can be used in the partner retailer’s stores or a group of local traders. Once collected, the bottle is taken to a treatment and recovery centre, where it is transformed for use in the production of new products.

Make your packaging recyclable with SUEZ.CircPack®

Checking the actual recyclability of packaging on the different worldwide markets where they do business is a major challenge for brands and the producers of packaging materials. We have developed SUEZ.circpack® to help them. This innovative solution uses a clear methodology, plus our advanced operational knowledge and command of Big Data, to give advice on how to increase the recyclability of your packaging. An official certification of the recyclability of your packaging at the end of the process demonstrates that you have taken this initiative.

Make your packaging reusable with LOOP

The LOOP platform is the first of its kind. It was developed by our partner Terracycle to reduce the levels of single-use packaging and to propose a practical circular e-commerce solution that is accessible to all. This platform provides consumers with access to a range of consumer goods that are delivered in specially designed sustainable packaging with a deposit. After use, a partner carrier collects the containers from the consumer’s home. They are then cleaned and used for future orders, or recycled.
Our range of plastics

High-quality recycled plastics (PET, PP, HDPE, etc.)

We recycle a complete range of high-quality polymers. Find out more about the different types of recycled plastics we offer.

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Our approach based on partnerships 

A necessary alliance between the players in the value chain

In January 2019, SUEZ became one of the founder members of the “Alliance to End Plastic Waste”, on the strength of its conviction that it is necessary to interact with all the players in the “plastic” chain. This worldwide alliance of some 50 enterprises is looking into the end of life of plastic materials and intends to put an end to plastic pollution of the environment, in particular in Asia and developing countries. In this way, SUEZ is contributing to the large-scale deployment of solutions to collect plastic waste before it is disposed of in the environment, and to encourage reuse, recycling and waste-to-energy, in that order of priority.

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Our references

They trust us

We already collaborate with numerous industrial enterprises. Here are some of our partnerships.

In April 2019, Samsonite launched a collection of suitcases made from high-quality recycled polypropylene. By combining their expertise in recycling and recovery and the production of plastic, SUEZ and LyondellBasell collaborated with the luggage manufacturer on the design of this innovation that is unprecedented in industry.
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With LyondellBasell, we have set up a joint venture dedicated to the production of high-quality recycled polymers. In the video opposite, Jean-Marc Boursier, Deputy Managing Director in charge of Operations, explains the challenges facing this strategic partnership and the goals of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, of which we and LyondellBasell are founder members.
In partnership with our Group and TerraCycle, P&G’s Head & Shoulders has created the world’s first shampoo bottle containing 25% of plastic collected on beaches and recycled. This innovation, which is available in France, is the world’s largest production cycle with this unique supply chain that relies on the support of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of NGOs that collect plastic waste found on beaches. More than one million bottles have been produced from plastic collected on beaches.
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