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PureCycle Technologies Looking at Second Polypropylene Recycling Facility in Asia
September 13, 2021

Polypropylene (PP) recycling company PureCycle Technologies is expanding its presence further in Asia as it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with global trading company Mitsui to develop and operate a recycling facility in Japan that will transform PP waste into Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP).

Neither company elaborated on details or a timeframe for the PP recycling facility, but PureCycle said Mitsui will help facilitate the pre-construction, on-the-ground operations and will be an integral part of its work in Japan.

"Mitsui has identified 'sustainability management and the evolution of ESG' as key areas of its Corporate Strategy," said Hiroshi Kakiuchi, managing officer, chief operating officer of the Performance Materials Business Unit at Mitsui. "Through this new joint project with PureCycle, Mitsui aims to contribute to the overall reduction of plastic waste and the establishment of a circular economy in Japan. By securing plastic waste as the raw material, manufacturing recycled PP resin, and expanding the applications of the material for consumer goods, food containers, and automobile interiors, Mitsui aims to make a meaningful contribution to the creation of a more sustainable society."

The MOU with Mitsui comes after PureCycle signed a similar MOU with SK Global Chemical in mid-August to create a PP recycling facility in South Korea.

PureCycle is currently constructing a flagship recycling facility in Ironton, Ohio, where it has already presold more than 20 years of UPRP output, and commercial production is expected by Q4 of 2022 with total installed capacity of 107 million lbs.

The company also announced in July it plans to build its first US cluster facility in Augusta, Georgia. The Augusta cluster facility is designed to ultimately produce up to 650 million lbs/year across 5 processing lines.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.

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