Under the agreement, Dentis will provide 30,000 metric tonnes of rejected PET post-consumer waste to Eastman annually to recycle them at the Normandy site in France


Eastman inks feedstock agreement with Dentis Group. (Credit: Eastman Chemical Company)

Eastman has signed a long-term agreement with Nord Pal Plast, part of Dentis Group, to secure plastic waste feedstock for its planned molecular recycling facility in Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine, Normandy, France.

Italy-based Dentis Group focuses on the recovery and mechanical recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging waste.

Under the agreement, Dentis will provide 30,000 metric tonnes of rejected PET post-consumer waste to Eastman annually.

The Italian company will collect these materials from its mechanical recycling sites in France (Nord Pal Plast), Spain (PET COMPAÑÍA PARA SU RECICLADO), and Italy (Dentis Recycling Italy).

Eastman, a speciality materials firm based in Kingsport, Tennessee, US, said that these materials lack a circular solution and will be recycled at its Normandy site.

Both firms will combine their expertise and resources to achieve true circularity in the recycling process, raising the value of waste materials and lowering environmental impact.

Dentis/ Nord Pal Plast CEO Corrado Dentis said: “We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with Eastman since our group is strongly committed to promoting a continuous transition from a linear to a circular economy in the packaging market.

“This partnership contributes to create a standing valuable platform towards PET waste reduction making mechanical and chemical recycling effectively complementary towards the achievements in European Plastic recycling rates.”

Eastman’s announced molecular recycling facility in France is said to be the world’s largest material-to-material molecular recycling plant.

Following phases one and two, the plant will be able to recycle over 200,000 tonnes of hard-to-recycle polyester waste each year when it is operating at full capacity.

The speciality materials company aims to establish a more circular economy and create more sustainable solutions.

Eastman executive vice president and chief commercial officer Brad Lich said: “This partnership is a testament to our shared goal of reducing plastic waste and advancing the circular economy.

“With over 70% of the feedstock secured for our upcoming recycling plant in Normandy, including materials typically rejected by mechanical recyclers, this agreement represents a significant element of our feedstock availability and reinforces our commitment to sustainable solutions.”