Cleanaway and Qenos engage with the NPRS 

Cleanaway and Qenos are engaged in talks with the AFGC on becoming a partner in the National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS) project. 

Cleanaway is Australia’s leading total waste management, industrial and environmental services company. Circular Plastics Australia, Cleanaway’s plastic recycling joint venture with PACT Group, Coke and Asahi, has invested more than $130 million in local mechanical recycling of PET, HDPE and PP over the past two years, adding more than 75,000 tonnes per annum of local recycling capacity. Cleanaway is now looking to close the loop on harder-to-recycle post-consumer soft plastic through an advanced recycling partnership with Qenos.  

Qenos is Australia’s largest plastic resin manufacturer and the only supplier of locally produced polyethylene, with plants located in Melbourne and Sydney. The company is evaluating the feasibility of upgrading its plants to transform difficult-to-recycle end of life plastics into circular food-grade polyethylene.   

Cleanaway and Qenos have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct a joint feasibility study for plastic-to-plastic advanced recycling of up to 100,000 tonnes of soft plastics in Australia.    

The AFGC is establishing the NPRS as an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme to facilitate the collection and recycling of large quantities of household soft plastic packaging into feedstock to make new plastic packaging for Australian manufacturers. This will mean participants in the NPRS will be able to confidently access and make packaging with recycled content for the Australian market.  

The AFGC is in talks with such companies as Cleanaway and Qenos to create a truly circular economy for soft plastics on Australian shores.  

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