As part of the flexible multilayer film for stand-up pouches, the cycloolefin copolymer (COC) "Topas" from Topas Advanced Polymers is compatible with recycling streams from polyethylene (PE) films. The company also announced that this has now been confirmed by the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) in the form of a Key Guidance Recognition. Based on this, the test includes 15.5% of "Topas" 9506F-500, 8007F-600, 7010F-600 and 6013F-04 self-supporting bag film meeting or exceeding APR's key guidance for PE film and flexible packaging, Pathway 1 (FPE-CG-01). In 2020, APR tested a glossy PE-HD container with an outer layer of 20% "Topaz" 8007F-600 and issued a confirmation letter.
In addition, the COC "Topas" has been certified as a recyclable polyolefin under the EU Circular Economy Initiative for recycling routes 1, 3 and 7. Topas Advanced Polymers and its parent company Polyplastics are working with global film manufacturers and brands to develop recyclable packaging applications. In addition, Dr. Dirk Heukelbach of Topas Advanced Polymers Europe, Middle East and Africa Market Development, said, "These labels in Europe and the U.S. are an important step for brand owners, manufacturers and converters looking for recyclable packaging solutions material selection that can be used as a strategic component to meet today's comprehensive sustainability requirements." The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is an international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry.
APR member companies are committed to the success of plastics recycling. Memberships span the entire industry. About Topas Topas Advanced Polymers is a global manufacturer of COC (Cyclic Olefin Copolymer), a crystal clear and extremely pure plastic suitable for the healthcare, optics, packaging and electronics industries. From insulin delivery and food contact films to components for tablets and smartphones, "Topaz" COC is a high-performance material choice, according to the company's final statement. "Topas" COC's global compliance with laws and regulations aims to promote new developments. Topas Advanced Polymers is a business unit of Polyplastics Co., Ltd. Polyplastics Co., Ltd. is a global company that develops and manufactures engineering thermoplastics. Its broad product portfolio includes COC as well as POM, PPS, PBT and LCP.