As part of a multi-pronged strategy to increase the circularity of plastics, Milliken & Company, the owner of Polartec, has joined the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a U.S. industry alliance formed by The Recycling Partnership to improve the recovery and recycling of polypropylene (PP) in the U.S.

Milliken will use its materials science expertise to help the organization increase the supply of high-quality recycled PP plastic in a variety of ways, including funding the Coalition’s efforts to improve the U.S.’ PP recycling infrastructure, establishing consumer education programs that promote recycling at the border, and offering its product portfolio to packaging manufacturers who want to use recycled PP plastic material.

According to  “The Recycling Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Recycling Report,” up to 1.6 billion pounds of PP plastic from single family homes can be available each year for possible recycling into new products. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition aims to improve PP recycling in the U.S. by providing grants for sorting facilities and supporting consumer education and research programs. Through these efforts, the Coalition will help make it easier for people to recycle PP plastic and ensure that more recyclers can effectively sort the material in their plants.

“Our membership in the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition will add a new dimension to our goal of promoting the circularity of plastics,” said Allen Jacoby, senior vice president, Plastic Additives at Millikens Chemical Division.