BASF continues its Plastics Journey at PRSE 2023

PE/PA multilayer films are recyclable

BASF has done a lot regarding polyethylene/polyamide multilayer films: Since fall 2022, coextruded PE/PA film structures have been considered mechanically recyclable. Based on the studies of Institute cyclos-HTP GmbH, the Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register) has reclassified the recyclability of polyamides in the minimum standard. This is an important first step towards incorporating the benefits of polyamide-containing packaging and the latest findings on the recyclability of polyamides into the legal basis. As a major producer of Ultramid extrusion polyamides for multilayer films, BASF is involved in projects for objective categorization of polyamides in flexible packaging applications.

ChemCycling: Complementary solution for high-performance products

Chemical recycling complements mechanical recycling by focusing on plastic waste that is not recycled mechanically for technological, economic, or ecological reasons. Together, mechanical and chemical recycling can increase the overall recycling rates and contribute to a more circular economy for plastics. ChemCycling is BASF’s chemical recycling business to manufacture high-performance products from chemically recycled plastic waste on an industrial scale for our customers. The share of recycled raw material is attributed to products manufactured in the Verbund by using a third-party audited mass balance approach. More than 200 certified products carry the name suffix Ccycled and have the exact same properties as conventional products. Customers can therefore further process them in the same way as conventionally manufactured products and use them in demanding applications like food and medical packaging, textile, or transportation.

Resycure - an impact startup helping brand owners, converters and recyclers to reach their targets

Resycure is a startup originating from Chemovator - the business incubator of BASF - dedicated to reducing plastic waste on a global scale. Their approach focuses on the market, assisting companies in the food, cosmetic, and household cleaning sectors to secure the supply of recycled resins for their packaging at fair prices and with less risk. To achieve this, Resycure consolidates the demand from these companies until it reaches a significant volume, using it to attract business and clients for recycling companies. In turn, recyclers can leverage that to invest in advanced technologies, quality, and production capacity. Resycure also connects recyclers with technology providers and advantageous financing options to help them meet the needs of their new clients.