A material made from plastic waste
Repsol Reciclex®: An innovative material
This material is made from plastic waste that is incorporated into virgin resins and maintains the same quality as the latter, ensuring the consistency of the material and its functionality for the final application. With this new range of products, we are extending our commitment to the circular economy and our value chain, marketing innovative and more sustainable solutions.
With our Repsol Reciclex® range, we manufacture high-quality plastic raw materials that incorporate a percentage of post-consumer plastic, which is plastic that has finished its useful life and would otherwise end up in landfill.
These raw materials could be used for different final applications, for example:
The process begins with the collection of plastic waste that has reached the end of its useful life and continues with the mechanic recycle, which is a physical process through which plastic is separated and broken down in order to be fed back into new production processes in our petrochemical complexes. The result is the production of a new plastic material that has the same properties and functionality as the virgin raw material, which are required for its final application in containers, car components, and outdoor furniture, among other uses.
Throughout this process, collaboration with the various actors in the value chain is fundamental, from the suppliers of the raw material that guarantee the plastic waste is high-quality to the transformers and waste managers. A deep understanding of our production processes is also very important to ensure that the incorporation of these raw materials is viable for obtaining high-quality final products.
We have built partnerships within the automotive sector. As such, we have agreements with companies that specialize in vehicle scrapping as well as the recovery of plastic materials that have reached the end of their useful life. This work consist of three stages: scrapping, processing, and capitalization. High-quality polypropylene pieces are recovered from used vehicles that are crushed to make new plastic raw materials from waste. These are later transformed into new raw materials that are used in the automotive sector to "close the loop" of circular economy.
A joint commitment with the Armando Álvarez Group
We develop circular solutions, through mechanical recycling, for flexible packaging not intended for food contact.
Classification by key lines and value chain
Our circular economy projects are aligned with the key lines of our strategy and are present throughout our entire value chain, from obtaining raw materials to commercializing products and services.
Find out more about our circular economy projects
Fuels from urban waste
We recover leftover energy from urban waste that has reached the end of its useful life in order to produce fuels.
We bring renewable energy generation to the point of consumption by creating solar communities.
We implement solutions to transform biomass into advanced biofuels with low CO2 emissions.
Drilling mud management
We transform drilling mud waste into new fuels by applying thermal desorption techniques.
We transform plastic waste into circular polyolefins that feature the same quality and functionality of virgin materials.
Lubricants formulated with regenerated bases
We use base oils derived from the regeneration of used oils to produce new lubricants.
Waste treatment in our facilities
We apply bioremediation and compost techniques to make use of waste.
Reusing asset equipment
We extend the useful life of our asset equipment by reusing it in our own operations or those of other companies.
Reusing water from urban wastewater plants
We reuse water from urban wastewater treatment plants to reduce the amount of fresh water consumed.
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What is circular economy?
A production and consumption model that ensures sustainable growth over time, while driving resource optimization.