Image courtesy of Topas Advanced Polymers, a European subsidiary of Polyplastics Co. Ltd.
Topas Advanced Polymers, a European subsidiary of Polyplastics Co. Ltd., reported that its Topas cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) products have been certified as recyclable materials by the European independent testing lab, Institut cyclos-HTP. They are the first cyclic olefin resins in the industry to be deemed recyclable with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) for film and injection molding uses, the company reported in a news release.
“This designation is a major development for brand owners, manufacturers, and processors who seek recycled packaging solutions to meet today’s sustainability needs,” said Wilfried Hatke, sales and marketing manager, EMEA, for TOPAS Advanced Polymers, in the release. “COC is a key enabler and opens many opportunities in shrink labels for decoration and other applications such as polyolefin-based high-barrier films and recyclable pouches.”
Based in Aachen, Germany, Institut cyclos-HTP found that COC can be considered as valuable material in post-consumer LDPE, mixed polyolefin, and polypropylene recycling streams. Consequently, PE and PP formulations modified with COC can be considered fully recyclable in their respective waste streams.