Ending plastic waste

Sumitomo Chemical is proud to be one of the founding members of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), an alliance of global companies formed to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.

Plastics are a useful material that supports our lives, used in automobiles, aircraft, healthcare and sanitation application, electronic devices, various forms of packaging and other diverse applications. On the other hand, plastics are also part of global environmental problems, such as marine plastic waste, when they are not adequately recycled or properly treated after use.

We are committed to contribute solving the plastic waste problems through our business by harnessing the power of chemistry.

Through participation in various initiatives, the Sumitomo Chemical Group is working with stakeholders involved in the plastic value chain to address a broad range of issues related to a circular system for plastics.

We are engaged in the research and development of chemical recycling technology, processes that chemically convert municipal and plastic waste and use them as new raw materials for plastics. We are working on this extremely challenging endeavor by leveraging our catalyst design and chemical processing design technologies, while also collaborating with partners. With chemical recycling technology, we will help to reduce the use of fossil fuels, the amount of plastic waste, and GHG emissions produced in incinerating plastic waste, and thereby contribute to building a sustainable society.

Pilot facility

Sumitomo Chemical has decided to construct a pilot facility for chemical recycling of acrylic resin (PMMA, poly-methyl-methacrylate) at its Ehime Works in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The new facility is scheduled to begin pilot tests in the fall of 2022 and to start providing samples in 2023.

The recycled acrylic resin will carry Sumitomo Chemical’s MeguriTM  brand, which covers the variety of recycled plastic products produced by chemical or material recycling technologies. We will continue to expand the line-up of MeguriTM and increase production and sales of these products, while also building an alliance with customers, other companies in the industry, local governments and other stakeholders for collecting plastic waste, to help develop a circular economy.

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