FDA greenlights recycling method for PE

Oct. 30, 2023
Process developed by Revolution Co. deals with stretch film used in food-contact packaging.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued recycling firm Revolution Co. a Letter of No Objection (LNO) for its proprietary recycling method to produce linear low-density PE (LLDPE) PCR made from recycled stretch film for food-contact applications. 

This is the latest success for Revolution’s proprietary Sustainable Loop mechanical recycling method, which previously received an LNO for white LLDPE PCR processed from agricultural polytube using the same circular approach. Clear PCR produced under Revolution’s process is appropriate for the industry’s broadest Conditions of Use, and can be used at recycled content levels up to 100 percent in the manufacture of food contact articles for all dry and wet, raw and processed foods. 

In a press release, Revolution said that both clear and white LLDPE PCR offer converters and brands a much-needed, viable recycled resin for flexible film food packaging applications such as stand-up pouches and frozen food bags. 

Headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., Revolution has recycling and manufacturing operations throughout the United States.