Mechanical recycling is a mature technology that is capable of treating high-purity waste from collective sorting and recycling centers, as well as other post-consumer waste. Plastic waste is sorted and cleaned before being crushed and melted down for reuse. It is perfectly suited to applications in a number of markets, such as the automotive and construction industries.
In 2019, TotalEnergies acquired Synova, the French leader in producing high-performance recycled polypropylene for applications in the automotive and construction sectors. Late September 2021, the Company announced that the plant had doubled its production capacity for mechanically recycled polymers to achieve nearly 45,000 t/year.