Amcor and Nova Chemicals Reach Deal for Recycled Polyethylene

Amcor and Nova Chemicals Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of mechanically recycled polyethylene resin (rPE) for use in Amcor’s flexible packaging films.

“Increasing the use of rPE in flexible packaging applications is an important element of Amcor’s commitment to support packaging circularity,” Amcor said in a news release, adding that its goal is to achieve 30% recycled material usage across its global portfolio by 2030.

NOVA Chemicals’ first mechanical recycling facility in Connersville, Indiana, is projected to be in operation as early as 2025. The recycling facility was announced in July as a significant expansion of NOVA Chemicals’ Circular Solutions business, according to the company. The supply agreement would enable Amcor to purchase SYNDIGO™ rPE resin.

“Incorporating rPE into flexible packaging films helps brand owners meet voluntary commitments on recycled content targets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and keep plastic waste in the economy and out of the environment,” said Fred Stephan, president of Amcor Flexibles North America, in a statement.