“The prototype KitKat wrapper, which represents Australia’s opportunity to close the loop on recycling soft plastics, has been created by a coalition of companies with a shared vision.
Alongside Licella, these companies include iQ Renew, Nestlé, refiner Viva Energy Australia, polymer manufacturer LyondellBasell, REDcycle, Taghleef Industries, Amcor and CurbCycle.
Each company brought their individual expertise, with Licella converting the collected soft plastic to oil with their Cat-HTR (Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor) platform, and other members of the plastic supply chain working together to create the prototype wrapper.
Cat-HTR is a form of hydrothermal liquefaction technology developed by Licella. The Cat-HTR technology has been recognized by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for its potential to help tackle the growing global issue of plastic waste.
“Manufacturers like Nestlé will have a key role in driving demand for food grade recycled soft plastic packaging, and creating market conditions that will ensure all stakeholders throughout the value chain view soft plastics as a resource and not waste,” said Ms Martinez.”