ALPLA to help speed up BP Infinia commercialisation

Packaging converter ALPLA Group has joined a new consortium for the chemical recycling of PET. The consortium is seeking to speed up the commercialisation of BP Infinia technology, which turns opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET plastics waste into recycled feedstocks.

The consortium intends to combine the capabilities and experience of its members – packaging and recycling specialist ALPLA; food, drink and consumer goods producers Britvic, Danone and Unilever; waste management and recycling specialist Remondis; and energy and petrochemicals producer BP – to develop a new circular approach to dealing with PET waste.

Georg Lässer, head of recycling at ALPLA, said: “ALPLA is delighted to join this cross-functional project with partners from the entire value chain. It completes our intense activities besides mechanical recycling and focuses on post-industrial PET waste, difficult-to-recycle PET packaging and PET thermoform trays. With BP in the lead, we have a very strong and highly experienced partner that contributes with knowledge about virgin polyester production.”

Rita Griffin, BP’s chief operating officer for Petrochemicals, said: “BP is experienced in developing and scaling up technology and we’ll do this again with our innovative BP Infinia process. But we know we cannot create circularity on our own.”

The consortium members believe by joining forces they can speed up the commercialisation of the technology, infrastructure and demand needed to process billions of opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET bottles and food trays that are currently disposed of each year, including those that are difficult to recycle by current conventional recycling methods.