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Total explores new routes for post-consumer recycled polystyrene in the circular economy world

 |  Subj: Press-releses

Total has just completed an industrial scale test run, following a series of pilot plant trials, demonstrating the feasibility of sustainable incorporation of about 20% of post-consumer recycled polystyrene within virgin polystyrene. The trial, which was carried out on an existing production asset, successfully led to product with properties equivalent to virgin polymer

Polystyrene is one oftheeasiest polymers torecycle, explains Jean Viallefont, Vice President Polymer Europe. Our success highlights thatpolystyrene, which naturally provides outstanding performance forvarious applications, willbe asignificant contributor totheCircular Economy. It is unquestionably aninnovative way toenlarge theaccessible market forrecycled polystyrene andtoconvert alarge volume ofpost-consumer waste.

Based onthis encouraging result, Totalis launching new developments tomanage contamination ofrecycled streams. Theobjective is tocreate arobust process inorder tohandle complexpolystyrene waste streams thatcan be implemented onour different existing production lines.


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