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Recycling

TOTAL’S AMBITION FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY: 30% RECYCLED POLYMERS BY 2030

Total is deeply committed to recycling plastics and intends to produce 30% recycled polymers by 2030. To achieve that goal, it is working on all types of recycling to improve the properties  and uses of recycled plastics:

  • Total is a leader in innovative polymers, pioneering with the production of some fifteen grades of polypropylene and polyethylene containing at least 50% recycled materials.
  • Total has also become involved in mechanical recycling by acquiring Synova, French leader in the production of high-performance recycled polypropylene for the automotive industry. The affiliate’s output will be doubled to reach 40,000 tons by 2021.
  • In the area of chemical recycling, Total has joined forces with Citeo, Recycling Technologies, Nestlé and Mars in December 2019 to develop chemical recycling of plastics in France.
     

Reducing the carbon footprint is a major challenge for the markets we serve

 

Kids and Recycling

To that end, we actively contribute by developing products that play a direct role in the reduction of materials and weight needed for various applications including packaging and automobiles.

We recognize that waste streams containing plastics represent a significant and often unused opportunity to further reduce the carbon footprint of our polymers, which is why at Total we are developing solutions using renewable bio-sourced and recycled feedstocks.

Plastics should not end up in landfills nor thrown in nature. This behavior harms the environment and feeds the negative image of plastic despite their important contribution to everyday life. Total actively supports initiatives in awareness and education.

 

 

Circular compounds

Total is responding to customer demands and increasing European pressure developing ready-to-use surperclean post-consumer rPE for blow moulding. This product serves cosmetic, household and industrial applications.

 

Total has demonstrated the feasibility of sustainably incorporating about 20% post-consumer recycled polystyrene within virgin polystyrene. Click on image to view the video and here to read the June 2017 press release.

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Post-consumer recycled polystyrene

 

On the way to recycling

Total is committed to better plastic end of life. Hence we are ready to engage with partners on specific projects dealing with better recycling, waste management or eco-design.

Let’s work together on a better life.