DuPont bolsters recycling process in Brazil agchems packaging

25 September 2013 03:47  [Source: ICIS news]

LAS VEGAS (ICIS)--DuPont has achieved 95% removal of used agricultural chemicals (agchems) packaging from the Brazilian market, with its enhanced recycling technologies, a company official said on Tuesday at PackExpo 2013.

From 2002-2010, DuPont successfully removed 150,000 tonnes of agchem containers from the environment in Brazil, said Ann Hriciga, technology manager at DuPont’s Packaging & Industrial Polymers division.

The company collaborated with the National Institute for the Processing of Empty Packaging (inPEV), a nonprofit organization created in Brazil in 2001 that brings together agchem manufacturers - including DuPont - and industry associations.

The collaboration used DuPont’s Bynel and Fusabond technologies to enhance the recycling of used agchem containers. Bynel is a coextrusion adhesive resin, and Fusabond is a coupling agent that facilitates homogenization of different polymers, which allows the possibility of recycling processing scrap.

The recycled agchem containers are repurposed for industrial uses, such as construction pipes and lubricant oil bottles, Hriciga said.

This process, called the virtuous cycle, also eliminated 160,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during that 2002-2010 time period, according to Hriciga.

PackExpo 2013 runs through 25 September in Las Vegas, Nevada.

By: Feliza Mirasol
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