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New Global Alliance commits over $1.0 Billion USD to help end plastic waste in the environment

The cross value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up of nearly thirty member companies, has committed over $1.0 billion with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment.

An alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain have launched a new organization to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.

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BASF making products with chemically recycled plastics for first time

Dr. Stefan Gräter and Dr. Andreas Kicherer showing a sample of pyrolysis oil and thus produced plastic in front of the Steamcracker.

BASF is breaking new ground in plastic waste recycling with its ChemCycling project. Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize plastic waste that is currently not recycled, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Depending on the region, such waste is usually sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery. But chemical recycling offers another alternative: Using thermochemical processes, these plastics can be utilized to produce syngas or oils. The resulting recycled raw materials can be used as inputs in BASF's production, thereby partially replacing fossil resources.

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Compostable bags

BioTuf compost-able bags are made using BASF’s Ecoflex Copolyes-ter and will biode-grade swiftly and safely during municipal or commercial composting. These bags are manufactured using a unique technology called Minapol, which is made from calcium carbonate, and is used to create a compound for can liners, trash bags and other bags.

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Compostable bags

Compostable bags

BASF’s Ecoflex Copolyester is helping Heritage Bag, out of Carrollton, Texas, produce a compostable bag that will enable more food waste to be diverted to composting facilities, rather than landfills or incinerators.

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