Tracking Our Progress

Welcome to our progress tracker

At the top of this page, you’ll find (1) aggregate information on recycling infrastructure projects around the globe. Further down the page, you’ll find (2) examples of plastic products that have been designed for greater circularity. Together, these projects and products are accelerating plastics circularity, in which more used plastics are remade into new plastics.

1.) Recycling Infrastructure Projects around the Globe

The projects we are tracking on this dashboard include recycling facilities (mechanical and chemical), plastics sortation/processing facilities, and projects that leverage technologies to enable communities to participate in and enhance recycling at the local level.

This dashboard serves as a repository of the significant investments that plastic makers and the plastics value chain are making around the globe to create a more circular future. Given the momentum and sheer number of projects, tracking developments is an ambitious and constantly changing endeavor, so we encourage you to come back here often for updates.

While we strive to remain up to date, we cannot guarantee that all the information is current or comprehensive.

Number of
Projects
116
Planned, Operational, or Under Construction
Financial Investments (USD)
$18 billion
Investments that are operational, under construction, or planned to scale up recycling infrastructure globally.

Our Map: tracking plastics circularity projects in countries around the globe

Search by country, status and/or category to find projects that contribute to a circular economy for plastics. Or hover over points on the map to learn more about country-specific projects.

2.) Products Designed for Circularity

To achieve circularity, where plastics are used again and again, we must design for it. Here you’ll find examples of products that contribute to plastics circularity, predominantly through (re)design to enable compatibility with recycling streams, incorporation of recycled feedstocks, or both. You can search by brand or product name and/or category.

Brand/Product
Category
Description**
Mitsui Chemicals
Designed for Circularity

Mitsui Chemicals has developed Chemipearl™, a polyolefin-based Aqueous Dispersion coating that offers a recyclable and repulpable alternative for any polyethylene-laminated paper packaging material.  According to Mitsui Chemicals, by using Chemipearl™ coated paper, the packaging can be easily processed through the paper recycling stream using conventional paper recycling equipment because Chemipearl™ coated paper is easily crushable and easily becomes pulp slurry in the recycling process.
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ExxonMobil, Bareks
Made w/ Recycled Resin

Packaging maker Bereks is using ExxonMobil’s polyethylene made using chemical recycling to offer its customers certified-circular polyethylene films for food packaging. ExxonMobil’s Exxtend™ chemical recycling technology enables the use of recycled polyethylene in food contact applications.
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BASF
Made w/ Recycled Resin

Working with Karl Bachl GmbH & Co KG (Germany), BASF produces an expandable polystyrene (EPS) that contains mechanically recycled EPS waste. BASF says its Neopor® F 5 Mcycled™ contains 10% recycled material and is suitable for numerous applications in buildings. More Information

BASF and StePac
Made w/ Recycled Resin

StePac (Israel) uses a a chemically recycled polyamide 6 plastic from BASF (Ultramid® Ccycled™) to make modified atmosphere plastic packaging to extend shelf life of foods.
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BASF and Neveon
Designed for Circularity, Made w/ Recycled Resin

BASF produces a polyol derived from used mattresses on a large scale. NEVEON processes the recycled polyols and other sustainably certified materials to make new mattresses with up to 80% recycled content. To aid recycling, the various foam components are not glued together but instead are connected with a zipper. This makes it easier to recycle the individual components of the mattresses.
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BASF, Mercedes-Benz, Pyrum, Witte Automotive
Made w/ Recycled Resin

BASF, Mercedes-Benz, Pyrum Innovations AG and WITTE Automotive collaborated to make automotive components from mass-balanced plastics. Pyrolysis oil from scrap tires and biomethane from organic waste replaced fossil raw materials to make the plastic.
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BASF
Made w/ Recycled Resin

BASF introduced a polyurethane rigid foam for the construction industry that contains recycled plastics to help improve sustainability of insulation products.
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BASF, KraussMaffei, Rampf, Remondis
Designed for Circularity

BASF is collaborating with KraussMaffei, RAMPF and REMONDIS to develop a new process for recycling polyurethane insulation foam from used refrigerators. The partners are using a chemical recycling process (depolymerization) to obtain a recycled polyol, which will be used to make new polyurethane.
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BASF and 3T Industries
Made w/ Recycled Resin

3T Industries (Malaysia) uses BASF’s IrgaCycle™ additive to enhance the performance of recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) sheets that protect pineapples from sun damage. This enables the use of recycled plastic in this application and helps increase fruit yields.
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trinamiX (a BASF subsidiary)
Designed for Circularity

The mobile spectroscopy provider trinamiX, a subsidiary of BASF, launched an on-site system for identifying more than 15 textile types and compositions. This enables improved sorting of textiles for recycling, supporting a circular economy for textiles.
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BASF and Imballaggi Alimentari
Made w/ Recycled Resin

Imballaggi Alimentari (Italy) launched Remaxigel boxes for ice cream packaging made from BASF’s Styropor® Ccycled™. This mass-balanced expanded polystyrene is made using pyrolysis oil from chemical recycling of mixed used plastics.
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BASF and baesiq
Made w/ Recycled Resin

A polyamide plastic (BASF’s Ultramid®Ccycled®) made from chemically recycled feedtsock is used to produce a new bicycle bag called Pendik under the pinqpong brand by baesiq GmbH (Cologne, Germany). BASF: “BASF feeds pyrolysis oil from end-of-life tires into production of materials for the bag, replacing all fossil resources otherwise that would otherwise be needed.”
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ExxonMobil, Berry Global Group, and Peel Plastic Products
Made w/ Recycled Resin

Integrating circular plastics into petfood packaging for household name brands is the goal of a collaborative advanced recycling effort using ExxonMobil’s Exxtend™ technology. This collaboration will use International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) PLUS certified-circular plastics in the petfood packaging.
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ExxonMobil, Printpack, and Pacific Coast Producers
Made w/ Recycled Resin, Product made from recycled material

Plastic cups for single servings of diced fruit have been successfully made using 30% circular PP content. The recycled PP, certified under the ISCC PLUS standard, is made using ExxonMobil’s Exxtend™ technology for advanced recycling. This breaks down plastic waste into feedstock for new plastics with the same quality and performance as virgin plastics. The recycled cups are themselves recyclable.
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ExxonMobil and SEE Australia
Made w/ Recycled Resin, Product made from recycled material

A food packaging tray circularity initiative in Australia aims to generate value from food-grade plastics. This advanced recycling project – involving SEE Australia’s CRYOVAC fresh red meat trays made using ExxonMobil’s Exxtend™ technology – will divert 900 tonnes/year of plastic waste from landfill or incineration. The resins and tray manufacturing are certified to the ISCC PLUS standard; the circular trays are curbside recyclable within Australia.
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ExxonMobil, Cyclyx, Sealed Air, and Ahold Delhaize USA
Made w/ Recycled Resin, Product made from recycled material

A circular PE food packaging waste solution has been created by a collaborative advanced recycling initiative. Flexible plastic packaging is collected from grocery stores and broken down into feedstocks for certified-circular polymers, which are used to create new food-grade packaging. Circular PE – certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS process – has been used in select packaging of Nature’s Promise antibiotic-free fresh poultry.
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ExxonMobil, Hosokawa Alpine AG, EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, and Henkel AG & Co KGaA Company
Made w/ Recycled Resin, Product made from recycled material

Polyethylene stand-up pouches – used for foods, drinks, medical and other products – have been used to create new pouches with up to 30% recycled PE film. The recycled full PE stand-up pouches retain performance and contain ExxonMobil’s Exceed™ XP, Exceed™ and Enable™ PE polymers.
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ExxonMobil, Windmoller & Holscher, and Grupo Armando Alvarez
Product made from recycled material, Made w/ Recycled Resin

High performing collation shrink packaging – used to bundle various products for protection and shelf appeal – is being made using up to 30% recycled PE. The recyclable, monomaterial packaging can wrap six-packs of 1.5 liter bottles, while maintaining performance due to the inclusion of ExxonMobil’s Exceed™ XP and Enable™ performance PE polymers in the formulation.
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ExxonMobil and See Hau Global
Made w/ Recycled Resin

See Hau Global, a major Malaysian producer of plastic pallets, wished to use recycled PE and PP in its products. By adding Vistamaxx performance polymers the recycled plastics were able to be remade into pallets that were tougher, more durable, and had improved impact performance and reduced indications of cracking.
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ExxonMobil and Atando Cabos
Made w/ Recycled Resin

Over 1,200 tons of discarded fishing rope made of PE and PP have been successfully recycled into high-impact resistant crates. Instead of polluting Patagonian ecosystems, the ropes are recycled with addition of ExxonMobil Vistamaxx™ polymers. These allow incompatible PE and PP to mix together when melted, improving strength, enabling high-quality outputs, and reducing costs.
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ExxonMobil, Meituan Waimai, TRASHAUS, and Rhino
Made w/ Recycled Resin

Polypropylene cups used to serve milk tea – a popular drink in China – have been recycled into cell phone cases. Adding ExxonMobil’s performance polymer, Vistamaxx™, it enhances strength and durability of the recycled PP and repurposes the used cup to make a new product.
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Dow
Designed for Circularity

Dow’s INVISU™ 7007 wash-off label adhesive offers high adhesion performance while ensuring cleaner recycled materials, addressing both converter and recycler needs in sustainable package design.
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SABIC, Scientex
Product made from recycled material

By recovering ocean bound plastic, SABIC and Scientex have created a flexible polypropylene (PP) packaging for premium brand noodles sold in Malaysia. The PP packaging contains 30% recovered ocean bound plastic made into new packaging via chemical recycling.
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SABIC, Polivouga, Nueva Pescanova Group
Product made from recycled material

By recovering ocean bound plastic (certified by ISCC PLUS), SABIC converts the recovered plastic into new polyethylene-based packaging via chemical recycling. The new, food-contact approved plastic is used to package frozen seafood.
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SABIC, Polivouga, Pasta Garafolo
Designed for Circularity, Product made from recycled material

Garofalo introduced a novel packaging using SABIC’s certified circular polypropylene (PP). The material is derived from chemical (advanced) recycling of plastic waste, and is the first pasta mono-PP packaging material in the market containing 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. The mono-PP bags can easily be recycled again in existing PP waste streams.
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SABIC, Tesco, Heinz, Berry Global
Designed for Circularity, Product made from recycled material

Flexible plastic packaging collected from Tesco stores was used to produce certified circular polypropylene (PP) from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio for microwavable Heinz Beanz Snap Pots, made from 39% recycled soft plastic.
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Sumitomo Chemical
Designed for Circularity

Sumicle® is a polyethylene that boasts high rigidity achieved by using a special compounding technology. Single material plastic packages and containers can be made by applying Sumicle® to their outer base layer, for which nylon or PET is traditionally used, and combining it with a polyethylene sealant layer. This new polyethylene product thus contributes to the realization of horizontal recycling—recycling of used plastics back to resin that can be used in similar applications.
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Fuji Seal Group and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Designed for Circularity

Fuji Seal Group and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation have partnered to recycle shrink-sleeve labels on plastic bottles, which aren’t normally able to be recycled. The process removes printing inks from the labels, which can then be remade into new shrink-sleeve labels.
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LyondellBasell, Röchling Medical
Product made from recycled material

The companies created eye drop containers made by Röchling Medical using CirculenRenew polymers. The LDPE plastic is made from renewable bio-based feedstocks which meet stringent pharmaceutical application standards.
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LyondellBasell, Albéa Tubes, L’OCCITANE en Provence
Product made from recycled material

This project made cosmetic tubes and caps for L’OCCITANE en Provence’s “almond” range using plastic supplied by Plastic Energy’s chemical recycling technology.
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Borouge PLC, with Han King Plastic Machinery, Kunshan Golden Alliance, Shanghai Longstone, and Shanghai Tianqiang
Product made from recycled material

This project uses 30% post-consumer mechanically recycled content for PE based heavy duty shipping sacks. The stringent application requirement for this high-performance material is not compromised in the process.
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NOVA Chemicals
Product made from recycled material

SYNDIGO recycled polyethylene EX-PCR-WR3 is a mechanically recycled resin sourced from PE agricultural film that is suitable for use in e-commerce mailers, can liners, carry-out bags, protective packaging and shrink film.
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NOVA Chemicals
Product made from recycled material

EX-PCR-NC4 is a 100% mechanically recycled resin sourced from back-of-store distribution center PE stretch film and front-of-store consumer drop-off. It can be used to manufacture heavy-duty sacks, e-commerce mailers, stretch wrap, collation shrink, protective packaging and industrial films.
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NOVA Chemicals
Product made from recycled material

EX-PCR-HD5 is a mechanically recycled resin sourced from high-density polyethylene milk jugs. It can be used in flexible packaging, heavy-duty sacks and small-part blow molding.
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NOVA Chemicals
Designed for Circularity

BOPE-HD film is a fully recyclable, all polyethylene, monomaterial film structure that can be used in food packaging, heavy duty sacks, e-commerce, and other applications. More Information.

Dow, Alico, Café Pergamino
Designed for Circularity

Packaging for coffee made of polyethylene without metallization, enabling it to be more recyclable.
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Dow
Product made from recycled material

Dow has recycled over a 100 metric tons to improve roads by modifying the formula of traditional asphalt with ELVALOY™ RET and post-consumer recycled plastic. This innovative solution reduces plastic waste, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, optimizes energy consumption, and minimizes resurfacing needs.​
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Dow, Liby and LOVERE
Designed for Circularity, Product made from recycled material

Dow’s INNATE™ TF polyethylene resins have enabled nine of Liby’s laundry products to come in recyclable packaging. Liby then adopted recyclable cushion packaging made with Dow’s post-consumer recycled resins provided by Dow’s recycling partner LOVERE. More Information.

Thong Guan Industries
Designed for Circularity, Product made from recycled material

Made with 30% recycled plastic, NanoGreen strech film is a monomaterial film that can be recycled. In 2022 alone it is estimated to have displaced over 250mt of virgin plastic substituted with recycled plastic.
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SABIC and Magnum®
Designed for Circularity, Product made from recycled material

SABIC PP Impact Copolymer is used to package of Magnum ice cream. The food-safe plastic was made via chemical recycling of post-consumer mixed plastic packaging and can be recycled after use.
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Circ and Zara
Product made from recycled material

Circ has employed chemical recycling to recycle polycotton blended clothing into new textiles for Zara containing recycled polyester and cotton blends.
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Eastman, Lumene and REBHAN
Designed for Circularity, Product made from recycled material

Lumene beauty brand uses Eastman Cristal One E Renew, a recyclable plastic compatible with the PET recycling stream, and a plastic made via chemical recycling, to package its Nordic Hydra Birch Dew Jelly.
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CPChem and Charter Next Generation (CNG)
Product made from recycled material

CPChem’s Marlex® Anew™ circular polyethylene made from chemical recycling is being used in CNGs films in for food and medical packaging applications.
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AmSty and Pactiv Evergreen
Product made from recycled material

AmSty’s post-consumer recycled polystyrene, made via chemical recycling, is being used by Pactiv Evergreen for its fresh food and beverage packaging.
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**Descriptions of the following examples and associated product properties have been summarized from information made publicly available by the featured manufacturers via their hyperlinked webpages. The Global Partners for Plastics Circularity (GPPC) makes no express or implied endorsement of the featured products. GPPC has not verified the information upon which the summaries are based and is not responsible for any claims or inaccuracies contained therein. Readers are directed to consult the manufacturers’ webpages and to contact the companies directly for further details and any questions.