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Report from Closed Loop Partners Validates Advanced Recycling’s Potential to Transform Plastics Circularity

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON (November 17, 2021) – Closed Loop Partners today released a report that assessed the potential of advanced recycling technologies in a circular economy for plastics. The American Chemistry Council welcomed the report and issued the following statement, which may be attributed to Joshua Baca, ACC’s vice president of plastics:

“Advanced recycling is transforming the circularity of plastics by increasing the amount and scope of plastics that can be recycled. This has the ability to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic waste destined for landfills or leaked into the environment, while also providing significant economic benefits. Today’s report from Closed Loop Partners, a New York-based investment firm, underscores those benefits, noting that advanced recycling technologies could help double the rate of plastic packaging recycling in the U.S. and Canada by 2030.

“Doubling the recycling of plastic packaging in less than 10 years is an essential step toward meeting America’s plastic makers’ goal that 100% of plastic packaging is reused, recycled, or recovered in the U.S. by 2040. Consumers want packaging made with more recycled plastics, and more than 400 brands have committed to increasing the amount of recycled material in their packaging. Advanced recycling is critical to meeting that demand.

“This report is a follow-up to Closed Loop Partner’s 2019 landscape analysis, which found that there is a $120 billion market opportunity for advanced recycling technologies in the U.S. and Canada alone.

“In order to realize the benefits of advanced recycling, we need policies that support a circular economy for plastics. Earlier this year we announced “5 Actions for Sustainable Change” that Congress can take immediately to put us on a path to circularity. These actions include creating a modern regulatory system that enables rapid scaling of advanced recycling and requiring all U.S. plastic packaging to include at least 30% recycled plastic by 2030 through a national recycled plastics standard. These actions would help address both supply and demand for plastics created via advanced recycling technologies.

“As noted in Closed Loop Partner’s report, there is a role for policymakers, investors, and industry to play in scaling advanced recycling. Since 2017, more than 65 advanced recycling projects in the U.S. have been announced that could potentially divert more than 5 million metric tons of waste annually.

“We applaud Closed Loop Partners’ efforts in releasing this comprehensive report and look forward to continuing to work with policymakers and the entire plastics recycling value chain to achieve a circular economy for plastics and end plastic waste.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.