Press Release: Anellotech’s Technology Converts Lay’s Potato Chip Bag into Key Chemical Required for New Plastic Bottles
- Thursday, 27 February 2020
Pearl River, NY, USA, 27 February 2020 –Sustainable technology company Anellotech has announced that a laboratory demonstration of its Plas-TCat™ technology – which transforms mixed plastic waste directly into chemicals – successfully converted a Lay’s Barbeque Potato Chip (PepsiCo) bag into paraxylene, the primary chemical used to make virgin PET for beverage bottles. The conversion also had high yields of benzene, toluene and olefins used to make a range of plastics, including polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon, ABS and polycarbonate.
Consumer goods brand owners in the beverage, textile, food and cosmetics sectors are setting ambitious 2025-2030 goals to include recycled PET (rPET) content in their products. Used beverage bottles are the main source of rPET – however, not enough beverage bottles are currently produced, collected or recycled to satisfy growing global demand.
By successfully converting multilayer food packaging like potato chip bags and other non-PET waste plastics into chemicals including paraxylene, Anellotech can help brand owners meet their recycled PET content targets.
Plas-TCat™ has the potential to convert a wide mix of plastics and natural materials – including composite films and multicomponent, single-use packaging like the Lay’s Barbeque Potato Chip bag – directly into commodity chemicals. From the same mixed plastic feedstock, the new process can be adjusted to two different production modes: ‘Hi-Olefins’ which emphasizes the production of olefins such as ethylene and propylene or ‘Hi-BTX’ which will produce mostly aromatics like BTX (benzene, toluene and xylene) and paraxylene – the key component needed for PET.