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PureCycle announces partnership with Mitsui to develop ultra-pure recycled polypropylene plant in Japan

By Mary Page Bailey |

 PureCycle Technologies, Inc. (Orlando, Fla.) announced a signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mitsui & Co., Inc. (Tokyo) as a first step to developing and operating a recycling facility in Japan to transform polypropylene (PP) waste into Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP). PureCycle is also in partnership with SK Global Chemical and Total.

 “We believe Mitsui is the best partner for PureCycle to help us lead and navigate the process of building an ultra-pure recycled polypropylene plant in Japan,” said Mike Otworth, PureCycle CEO, “Through the collaboration with Mitsui, we are now one step closer to our goal of reducing plastic waste across the world and revolutionizing the way people use plastic products. There is no reason polypropylene waste shouldn’t be recycled and transformed into ultra-pure, sustainable polypropylene.”

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 the more sustainable society.”

Mitsui’s expertise will position PureCycle very well in Japan and will expand operations globally. Mitsui will help facilitate the pre-construction, on-the-ground operations and will be an integral part of PureCycle’s work in Japan.

The MOU with Mitsui comes on the heels of PureCycle’s successful second quarter 2021 update. Construction on the flagship Ironton, Ohio PureCycle recycling facility is well underway and expected to begin commercial production in the fourth quarter of 2022, and the company recently announced the location for the first cluster facility in Augusta, Georgia. PureCycle has already presold more than 20 years of UPRP output from the Ohio plant and has already allocated 40% of its second plant in Augusta to Ohio facility customers. PureCycle is seeing strong demand from premium brands, like L’Oréal, who are looking to deliver recycled content into premium applications without sacrificing quality.

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