Extrusion International 5-2023

23 Extrusion International 5/2023 www.schoenenberger-messer.de mail@schoenenberger-messer.de + 49 7153 82 84 0 RZ_schoenenberger_AZ_175x115mm_EXTRUSION.indd 1 11.08.23 11:36 Sustainability Initiative for Recycling of Engineering Plastics Launched Polyplastics Group, a leading global supplier of engi - neering thermoplastics, has launched the DURACIRCLE™ initiative for recycling of engineering plastics. This effort applies to a wide variety of sustainable solutions that contribute toward achieving a 100% recycling rate for engineering plastics, without being confined to the exist - ing business model of manufacturing and selling plastics. Polyplastics’ goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Phase one of the sustainability initiative consists of the opening of Polyplastics’ new DURACIRCLE Re-com- pounding Service business which will offer high-quality mechanically recycled materials starting by March 2024. Mechanical recycling is a method to melt plastic waste with heat and process it back into pellets for reuse. DURACIRCLE™ Re-compounding Service is a clear departure from conventional recycling. Its aim is to per- form horizontal recycling which is considered difficult with engineering plastics since these materials require high quality in subsequent uses. Horizontal recycling is a recycling method to recycle products into the same products, such as recovering plastic bottles and recy - cling them back into plastic bottles. Pre-consumer materials with manufacturing histories that can be traced and pose no concerns of contamina- tion from environmentally hazardous substances are anticipated for use as the raw materials. Pre-consumer materials are raw materials such as hot runners and non-conforming products that arise in manufacturing processes before products reach consumers, also re - ferred to as post-industrial recycling (PIR) materials. In addition to expanding DURACIRCLE™ to markets outside of Japan, Polyplastics plans to develop and of - fer recycling technologies for post-consumer recycled materials (PCR) which are even harder to reprocess. As environmental needs evolve, Polyplastics is developing future solutions for mechanical recycling, chemical recy - cling, and biogenic carbon cycles. DURACIRCLETM is a trademark of Polyplastics Co., Ltd. in Japan and other countries. Polyplastics Co., Ltd. Runa Higuchi/Yuko Aiba, ppc-info@polyplastics.com www.polyplastics.com/en/ (Source: Polyplastics Co., Ltd.)