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

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.

Strategic partnerships

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.

Circular benefits

  • Helps to reduce the amount of landfill waste.
  • Favors the use of recycled products that meet market demands.
  • We are offering our customers innovative solutions that are more sustainable, opening new markets and commercializing plastic raw materials with recycled material.
  • We are minimizing the consumption of virgin raw materials. By doing do, we are keeping 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