Dow and P&G collaborate to develop innovative polyethylene recycling technology – Press Release

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and the Dow Company have teamed up to develop a new technology aimed at recovering high-quality polyethylene (PE) from plastic waste. This innovative process combines the intellectual property of dissolution recycling, as well as the expertise of large-scale manufacturing and materials science of both companies.

The focus of this collaboration is on PE, which can be extracted and used in various new applications once separated from other materials. Dissolution recycling involves using a solvent to separate a specific polymer from impurities found in complex plastic materials. In this partnership, the two companies are working together to recover PE from post-household plastic waste, including rigid, flexible, and multi-layer packaging.

One of the main objectives of this partnership is to create a process that generates lower emissions compared to traditional fossil-based PE production or other advanced recycling technologies. P&G plans to use the recovered material in new packaging, promoting circularity and maximizing the use of resources. The work has already begun, and both companies will continue until commercialization is achieved.

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