The Reciclex project, one of the strategic pillars on which Spain-based multi-energy company Repsol has founded its commitment to the circular economy, has now yielded its first fruit. The project, targeted at the development and commercialisation of a new portfolio of polyolefins incorporating a percentage of post-consumer plastic waste, has produced Repsol 50RX2805, the company announced in a statement released July 2. Designed for the manufacture of bundle shrink film, the new material consists of a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) compound into which post-consumer recycled plastic is incorporated. It is the first material launched within the scope of Repsol's last year’s agreement with the environmental services manager Saica Natur, which the companies entered into to maximise the use of recycled LDPE for the production of new polyolefins.
Repsol 50RX2805, used in bundle shrink films as secondary packaging for transport packs of cans, bottles, bricks or cardboard boxes, allows the converter to incorporate between 25-30% post-consumer recycled content in the formulation of the final film, without altering its mechanical properties.
Fully committed to the circular economy of plastics, and following the European Commission’s pledging campaign in December 2018, Repsol became part of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA), signing a voluntary commitment to increase the circularity and efficiency of resources. The company is deploying the Reciclex project, established to address the issue of consistent quality and reliable supply of recycled material, to fulfil this