MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nova Chemicals (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) has introduced the first three grades in its new portfolio of post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene (PE) resin, as per the company's press release.
The company says each of the grades, which target flexible film applications, comes from a dedicated source.
One grade is a natural linear-low/low density PCR polyethylene (rLLDPE/LDPE) collected from distribution centers and suited for collation shrink, stretch wrap and e-commerce applications, says Nova.
Another natural rLLDPE/LDPE grade is a recycled agricultural film suited for re-use in agricultural films, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink, and for e-commerce applications.
The third grade, a white rLLDPE manufactured from closed-loop agricultural and irrigation film recyclate, is suited for use in agricultural film, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink, trash bags and liners and e-commerce applications.
Nova recently announced PCR resin supply agreements with two recyclers. Merlin Plastics will supply Nova with FDA-LNO (letter of non-objection) PCR high-density polyethylene (rHDPE) for use in consumer packaging, including food. Revolution is supplying Nova with rLLDPE/LDPE for use in a range of packaging applications.
Many of the world’s leading consumer brands have pledged to increase the amount of PCR content in plastic packaging to an average of 25% by 2025. Anna Rajkovic, circular economy market manager, NOVA Chemicals, said the introduction of these products will help brands meet their goals. “We’ve made remarkable progress in just the past few months,” she explained. “We’re continuing to expand our PCR business and collaborate throughout the value chain to help the industry meet its sustainability commitments and advance the plastics circular economy.”
As MRC informed earlier, in April 2020, NOVA Chemicals resumed construction activities in a phased approach at its Corunna site. The company said on April 16 it will gradually increase the number of workers involved in construction of the new PE plant and the cracker expansion project. NOVA announced in late March that it was sending home the majority of the construction workers at the Corunna site to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 241,030 tonnes in January 2021 versus 217,890 tonnes a year earlier. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased.
NOVA Chemicals Corporation is a plastics and chemical company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.