Topas Cyclic Olefin Copolymer Recognized for Recyclability with PE Film

Polyplastics’ COC has earned broader recognition from the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR)


The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has granted Critical Guidance Recognition to Polyplastics USA for flexible multilayer laminated PE films for stand-up pouches with up to 20% Topas 8007F-600, 7010F-600, and 6013F-04 cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) grades. The APR recognition demonstrates that Polyplastics’ Topas COC delivers significant thermal improvement and is compatible with the PE recycle stream.  An international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, APR has taken the lead in setting standards for plastics recyclability at U.S. recyclers.

Polyplastics earns further recognition from APR for COC recycling with PE film
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To meet the packaging industry’s demands for a circular economy, Polyplastics is aggressively developing necessary data to support industrywide sustainability efforts. This will allow companies to confidently use COC to enhance the performance of recyclable products. In 2021, Polyplastics earned APR Critical Guidance Recognition for flexible multi-layered film for stand-up pouches with up to 14% Topas cyclic COC and high-gloss HDPE containers with 20% COC. Topas COC has also been certified as a recyclable material by the European independent testing lab, Institut cyclos-HTP. In Europe, Topas materials are the first cyclic olefin resins in the industry to be deemed recyclable with PE and PP for film and injection molding uses.

COC can provide important enhancements to PE and produce recyclable all-polyolefin stand-up pouches that deliver dimensional stability under thermal and mechanical stress and unrivaled aesthetics with high gloss and low haze. Other key performance attributes include print registration consistency, stiffness, strength and durability, high-speed pouch fabrication, zipper insertion and sealing, controllable linear tear properties, and improved water and alcohol barrier. Polyplastics has been successful in the commercial development of COC-enhanced, flexible PE stand-up pouches for a range of consumer applications.

Polyplastics’ innovation has been recognized as meeting or exceeding APR PE-CG-01 Critical Guidance Protocol for PE film and flexible packaging criteria. These APR protocols are intended to improve the quality of the recycled stream by helping companies make informed decisions about the consequences of packaging solutions. The APR recognition is expected to cover most future monomaterial stand-up pouch application developments, which are a key part of Polyplastics’ growth plan. The APR recognition for COC is also an important development for brand owners, manufacturers, and processors who seek recycled packaging solutions to meet today’s broad sustainability needs, explained Paul Tatarka, market development manager for Polyplastics USA. “COC is a highly effective material option that can be used as a strategic component to meet today’s environmental demands,” said Tatarka. “Discrete COC layers in a multi-layer structure can be an effective and efficient design option for recyclable flexible films, particularly for stand-up pouches, and provide maximum performance.”