Technipaq partners with DuPont ™ Tyvek® and Freepoint Eco-Systems to reduce and recycle plastic medical packaging waste
Technipaq Inc., a manufacturer of flexible sterilizable packaging solutions and Tyvek® Authorized Converter, proudly announces a new partnership with DuPont ™ Tyvek and its recycling partner Freepoint Eco-Systems, designed to build on the company’s continued efforts in sustainability and recycling.
Having started on World Cleaning Day (September 18, 2021), Technipaq will be able to effectively divert its mixed plastic waste stream, containing Tyvek and other plastic waste generated during the manufacturing of healthcare packaging at its plant in Crystal Lake, Ill., away from landfills and to Freepoint, where it will be recycled for use in the production of new plastics and “virgin quality” fuels.
“DuPont ™ Tyvek has always played a leading role in creating interdisciplinary partnerships within the global healthcare packaging and manufacturing value chain, an increasingly important topic for our industry as it continues. that we collectively seek to find more sustainable solutions and create a circular economy, ”said Brian Rosenburg, President and CEO, Technipaq. “We are delighted and honored to play such an important role in helping to make this a reality.”
“This represents another great multi-stakeholder partnership designed to create a zero waste ‘closed loop’ healthcare packaging manufacturing environment,” said John Richard, vice president of DuPont Safety.
“The healthcare industry needs a wide variety of plastics to manufacture packaging solutions for medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. The recyclability of health packaging manufacturing waste is an increasingly important subject for the industry as it seeks to obtain sustainable solutions and a circular economy. Involving a market leader such as Technipaq in this initiative is a significant and positive step forward for our industry as a whole, ”added Richard.
“Freepoint intends to recycle plastic waste which is generally very difficult to recycle and which is typically destined for landfill or incineration,” said Kat Doerr, Vice President of Origin, Freepoint Eco -Systems. “By converting plastic waste into reusable products, less oil must be extracted from the ground. This translates into a more sustainable economy and a healthier planet.”
Freepoint aspires to divert 170 million pounds of plastic waste from landfills at each of its facilities on an annual basis, which is equivalent to reducing GHG emissions by up to 55,000 cars per facility.
Tyvek is primarily made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and is certified 100% recyclable, making it compatible with existing and emerging (advanced) recycling techniques. Due to its unique combination of properties, Tyvek enables easy packaging solutions, such as single-material structures, that meet sustainable design guidelines set by industry leaders such as the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council ( HPRC), CEFLEX and RecyClass.