bp has developed an enhanced recycling technology, bp Infinia, that enables currently unrecyclable PET plastic waste – such as black food trays and coloured bottles –to be diverted from landfill or incineration and instead transformed back into new, virgin-quality feedstocks.
The new feedstocks are interchangeable with those made from traditional hydrocarbon sources and can be used to make new PET packaging that may be recycled again and again.
bp Infinia is complimentary to mechanical recycling, dealing with PET waste that is currently difficult or impossible to process using mechanical methods.
bp’s new pilot plant, located at its research and development hub in Naperville, Illinois, is expected to be operational in late 2020 to prove the technology on a continuous basis. bp sees the potential to develop multiple full-scale commercial plants using this technology around the world. If deployed at scale in a number of facilities, bp estimates that the technology has the potential to prevent billions of PET bottles and trays from ending up in landfill or incineration every year.¹
"bp is committed to fully developing and commercializing this technology. We have long experience and a proven track record of scaling technology and we firmly believe that this innovation can ultimately contribute to making all types of polyester waste infinitely recyclable."
Charles Damianides, Vice president of petrochemicals technology, licensing and business development
Leading companies from across the polyester packaging value chain announced in December 2019 the formation of a new consortium that aims to help to address the problem of plastic waste by accelerating the commercialisation of bp Infinia.
In a bp magazine interview, Rita Griffin, chief operations officer of bp Petrochemicals, explains the game-changing possibilities of bp Infinia and why, for her, it’s personal. The technology has the potential to divert a vast amount of difficult-to-recycle plastic items from landfill.