Trinseo SA and Austria’s Greiner Packaging have joined forces to advance the use of recycled polystyrene in plastic packaging applications.
The project will involve developing and testing new materials containing recycled PS for packaging purposes, Trinseo said in a Dec. 17 release.
“We are pleased to announce this collaboration with Greiner Packaging and are encouraged by the great momentum it will bring to close the loop with recycled content,” said Nicolas Joly, global business director, polystyrene and feedstocks at Trinseo.
The collaboration with Greiner was announced less than a week after Trinseo entered into a similar partnership with German packaging specialist Fernholz, highlighting the U.S. company’s commitment to achieving full “circularity for PS."
The project marks a key milestone in Trinseo’s stated ambition to offer PS packaging materials with an average of 30 percent recycled content to customers in Europe by 2025.
Trinseo is a founding member of the European industry initiative, Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), within the scope of which it is planning to build a “first-of-its-kind” PS chemical recycling facility in Europe in the near future.
Headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Trinseo is pursuing the circularity of polystyrenes through various technologies, including depolymerization, dissolution and clean mechanical recycling.
“We are aware of our responsibility and therefore focus on sustainable actions and solutions for a circular economy at all product groups. With our strategy, we want to show that sustainability and plastics do not conflict with one another,” said Gernot Desch, category manager plastics, Greiner Packaging.