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Citeo, Total, Recycling, Mars, and Nestle Develop Chemical Plastics Recycling in France.

In response to Citeo's call for projects which promote eco-design and recycling and the recovery of plastic and paper, the international energy company Total, plastic recycling technology provider Recycling Technologies, and global brands Nestle and Mars have joined forces to develop an industrial chemical recycling industry in France. This consortium of players from across the plastic packaging value chain will examine the technical and economic feasibility of recycling complex plastic waste, such as small, flexible, and multilayered food-grade packaging. These products are currently considered non-recyclable and are either incinerated or disposed of in landfills.

"This ambitious project meets Citeo's goal of finding end-to-end solutions for all packaging," says Jean Hornain, chief executive officer of Citeo. "New recycling technologies, such as chemical recycling, will take performance to the next level and accelerate the circular economy for post-consumer plastic waste, especially when it is complex. Our initiative will be a key driver to deliver short- and medium-term solutions."

"By addressing the circular economy challenges of food-grade plastics, chemical recycling is a perfect addition to our existing mechanical recycling activities," says Bernard Pinatel, president refining and chemicals at Total. "The project announced today to develop an industrial sector involving major players in the packaging value chain is an important step in our ambition to produce 30 percent recycled polymers by 2030."

"We are delighted to be the technology provider for this project," says Elena Parisi, sales and marketing director at Recycling Technologies. "This cross-sector partnership is a great example of the industry working together to bring about the changes necessary to make plastic sustainable. We must carve out a clear pathway that others in the value chain will follow to boost plastic recycling capacity in France and elsewhere."

"We are delighted to join this cross-value-chain consortium to help identify the right system to recycle flexible plastic packaging," says Kate Wylie, global vice president, sustainability at Mars.'ln line with Mars's Circular Packaging Plan including the goal for 100 percent plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2025, we plan to reduce unnecessary packaging, redesign for circularity, and invest to close the loop. Identifying and investing in the right waste management systems is a critical part of the solution to address the plastic waste problem. We support this new pyrolysis project in France to help identify circular systems for post-consumer plastic packaging and consequently increase the scale of recycling across Europe."

"We are aiming for 100 percent of our packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2025," says Mathieu Tuau, head of packaging and sustainability at Nestle France. "Combining our expertise in a collective project to improve recycling is something we need to do to tackle the global plastic issue."

Citeo was created by businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging materials and paper by transforming them into resources. Along with its subsidiary Adelphe, the company provides solutions to manufacturers, businesses, distributors, and consumer services to help them affordably meet their responsibilities related to end-of-life packaging materials and paper. Citeo has set three priorities towards savings resources in France: simplify sorting to enable French citizens to sort their packaging and paper by 2022; innovate to invent new materials, recycling technologies, collection solutions, and markets; and reduce the environmental impact of packaging and paper by supporting companies in implementing eco-design.
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