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What’s so special about our bp Infinia technology? In 30 seconds, find out how difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste could be used over and over and over again

bp Infinia – enabling circularity for unrecyclable PET plastic waste
BP Infinia

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

1Production of recycled PTA, from various facilities, at the scale of one existing PTA plant (more than 1 million tonnes), would require feedstock totalling many millions of tonnes of opaque and difficult-to-recycle PET packaging. Based on the average weight (from 10 to 30 grammes) of specific packaging types suitable for this technology, this feedstock would equate to billions of packaging items.

"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