Plastic material with recycled content

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 a landfill.

These raw materials could be used for different final applications, for example:

What is the process?

The process begins with the collection of plastic waste, or waste that has reached the end of its useful life, which is then mechanically recycled in a physical process in which the plastic is separated and ground to then be reincorporated into processes at our industrial facilties. The result is the production of new plastic materials that maintain both the properties of virgin raw materials and their functionality, which is required for final applications like containers, automobiles, outdoor furniture, and more.

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Strategic partnerships

Throughout this whole process, collaboration with the various key players in the value chain is fundamental, from the suppliers of the raw material that guarantee the plastic waste is high-quality to the transformers, waste managers, and end customers.

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.

Circular benefits

  • Help reduce the amount of landfill waste
  • Promote cutting CO2 emissions over using virgin polyolefins
  • Offer customers more sustaibale, innovative solutions
  • Open new markets and commercialize plastic raw materials made using recycled material with the same performance as virgin resins
  • Bolster our commitment to the circular economy and extending it to the entire value chain

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.

Classification by key lines and value chain