Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest private sector company, is doubling its PET recycling capacity by setting up a recycled polyester staple fiber (PSF) manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh.
The move is part of RIL’s commitment to lead the industry on a circular economy, enhance its sustainability quotient and bolster the entire polyester and polymer value chain. As a part of this endeavor, Srichakra Ecotex India will build and operate exclusively for RIL, the new recycled PSF – Recron GreenGold and PET flakes wash-line in Andhra Pradesh.
Reliance Industries approach towards sustainability
RIL’s initiative to more than double its recycling capacity to 5 billion post-consumer PET bottles will ensure India maintains over a 90% recycling rate. It focuses on sustaining India’sIndia’s post-consumer PET recycling rate, which is currently the highest in the world. The company will empower entrepreneurs to divert post-consumer used packaging from landfills, set up recycling facilities, and create wealth from the waste throughout the country.
RIL is driving various initiatives such as Fashion for Earth in partnership with Lakmé Fashion Week and the United Nations in India, Hub Excellence Program, and Circular Design Challenge to inculcate circularity and sustainability concepts in polymer, textile, and fashion industries.
Commenting on the development, Vipul Shah, COO – petrochemicals business, RIL, said, “The expansion of PET Recycling capacity is part of Mukesh Ambani’s vision to transform our legacy business into sustainable, circular and net-zero carbon materials business and support the entrepreneurs to take risk throughout the value chain. RIL is committed to developing the entire value chain, and it shares expertise and technical know-how with entrepreneurs to produce top-quality products at the lowest possible costs. RIL has underwritten the entire production from Srichakra’s facility to support the development of the business.”
While expressing pleasure in partnering with Reliance Industries, Srinivas Mikkilineni, director – Srichakra Ecotex, said, “The agreement with RIL provides an excellent opportunity for Srichakra to expand its footprint into the recycled polyester staple fiber market. The alliance will propel Srichakra’s commitment to reduce plastic pollution and facilitate both organizations to advance India’s circular economy for plastic waste. RIL’s industry expertise, technical knowledge, and business assurances will allow Srichakra to research, innovate and develop high-quality and sustainable products for RIL’s GreenGold portfolio.”
RIL currently recycled PET bottles at its Barabanki, Hoshiarpur, and Nagothane plants. The post-consumer PET bottles are used as a raw material for manufacturing recycled polyester fiber. The fibers manufactured through this process are branded as Recron GreenGold, and RIL, through its Hub Excellence Partners (HEP) (selected downstream mills), manufactures R | Elan GreenGold fabrics, one of the greenest fabrics in the world.
At present, Reliance Industries converts more than 2 billion post-consumer PET bottles into fibers annually. With the addition of Srichakra capacity, RIL will be instrumental in converting about 5 billion used PET bottles into value-added fibers.