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Danish recycler Plastix set alliance with Titan Bioplastics

July 30/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Danish recycler Plastix (Lemvig) has entered into an alliance with US nanotechnology and biocomposite specialist Titan Bioplastics (Seattle, Washington) to expand the use of recycled plastics waste in products to comply with upcoming European legislation, said Plasteurope.

Plastix is dedicated to mechanically recycling used maritime fibres, such as abandoned fishing nets and ropes that would otherwise end up in the ocean or in landfill. It said its recycled product OceanIX is currently used in a range of applications.

Titan Bioplastics proprietary Titan Nanofill is a mineral additive supporting physical barrier properties in a variety of polymers that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food contact. According to Plastix, small loading rates of Titan Nanofill can potentially provide a 100% increase in barrier properties as well as preventing leaching. When blended with plastics during recycling, the additive can also prevent other plastics from leaching.

The companies added that a barrier test using Titan Nanofill with Plastix recycled materials convinced them of the technologys potential success and its benefits for a variety of plastics. We see this as an advancement to many packaging solutions, as well as a serious technology contender supporting companies working to adapt production towards directives by the European Commission and the Extended Producer Responsibility Act, said Tanya Hart, CEO of Titan Bioplastics.

The EU commission has set a collection target of 90% for plastic bottles by 2029. It has also mandated that plastic bottles should contain at least 25% recycled plastics by 2025 and 30% by 2030 (see Plasteurope.com of 28.03.2019). It is worth noting that recycled plastics and additives can only be used in food and drinks packaging in the European Union after review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, Parma / Italy).

As MRC informed earlier, Russia's output of chemical products rose in June 2020 by 2.6% year on year. However, production of basic chemicals increased year on year by 4.9% in the first six months of 2020. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the output in January-June. Production of benzene was 106,000 tonnes in June 2020, compared to 110,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of this product reached 721,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 3.9% year on year.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:bioplastics, petroleum products, petrochemistry, recycling, sustainable development.
Category:General News
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