SABIC introduces circular polycarbonate economy made from mixed plastics

SABIC has launched its certified circular polycarbonate (PC) resin and blends from the upcycling of post-consumer mixed plastics, an industry first, according to the company.

Based on advanced recycling, this solution aims to drive a circular economy for plastics by increasing the availability of more sustainable products.

According to an internal LCA study by SABIC, the certified circular polycarbonate offers a potential carbon footprint reduction of up to 23 percent compared to its established supplier.

The certified circular polycarbonate is part of SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions and is made through the advanced recycling of scrap plastic mixtures that would otherwise be intended for incineration or landfill.

A process called pyrolysis breaks down hard-to-recycle waste plastic into a liquid called pyrolysis oil. This then results in certified cycle modules for high-performance plastics as starting material with the same properties as the new material – in this case polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate – more precisely LEXAN resin – is part of SABIC’s extensive ETP portfolio, which includes PC blends such as CYCOLOY and XENOY resins. Customers from all industries – such as electrical and electronics, automotive, healthcare, construction and construction as well as consumer goods – can use the certified circular polycarbonate under identical process conditions as with the established supplier.

The polycarbonate is certified by an independent third party as part of the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC PLUS) scheme using a standardized mass balance approach, which offers a method for determining the recycled material content according to predefined and transparent rules.

In addition, the widely recognized ISCC PLUS accreditation provides traceability along SABIC’s physically connected supply chain, from raw material to finished product, which requires a chain of products based on the mass balance system.

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