Dow, Illinois-based Reynolds Consumer Products and California-based ByFusion announced a new business agreement to continue their collaboration in the Boise area.
The term “difficult-to-recycle plastic” usually refers to discarded packaging, often with no market for plastic flakes or pellets nearby and worthy of mechanical sorting, so curbside recycling programs Not welcome.
The deal is related to a demonstration project, which began in July 2021, will collect plastic scrap from the community through the Hefty EnergyBag program and transform the material into ByBlocks, plastic building products manufactured by ByFusion.
The new agreement “represents an important milestone for ByFusion’s Blocker technology as an effective mechanical recycling process, extending collection for an additional year with the ultimate goal of increasing circular solutions in Idaho.” We will,” the companies said.
Beginning in July 2021, the ByFusion pilot project will collect what companies call hard-to-recycle plastics and transform the materials into ByBlocks through Boise’s existing Hefty EnergyBag program. “During the pilot phase, we aimed to create new circular uses of up to 72 tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastic, but within a year we surpassed that goal and to date he has 80 tonnes recycled. ,” Dow said in a statement.
“ByFusion is thrilled with the results of the Hefty EnergyBag program and our continued partnership with Dow,” said Heidi Kujawa, CEO of ByFusion. “After seeing the impressive results from her community, Boise, I [ByBlocks] Blocker system for all cities.
In February, the city of Boise unveiled new park benches made of ByBlocks. ByBlocks can also be used to “create community infrastructure, such as creating boundary walls, privacy fencing, sound walls, bus stations, dump enclosures, storage facilities, housing projects, and more,” Dow said.
“After a successful first year, we now have a proven solution to keep more plastic from ending up in landfills,” said Public Works Director Boise. Jennifer Ellis says “We are enabling sustainable development in Boise while promoting recycling in our communities.”
Through the Boise area’s Hefty EnergyBag program, launched in 2018, community members purchase orange bags at local stores, place plastic packaging that should not be placed in recycling bins in them, and take them to the streets. to receive. A carrier will pick up the bag and deliver it to a local recycling facility, including ByFusion.
Daniel Chatman-Moore, North American Sustainability Manager for Packaging and Specialty Plastics at Dow, said:
“Across all Hefty EnergyBag projects in Boise, more than 1,000 tons of total material have been diverted since initial launch in this community. We hope to continue to explore new end-use opportunities for