Trade News  |  June 17, 2021

BASF advances chemical recycling program with UL validation

FREEPORT, TEXAS, June 17, 2021 – BASF’s Ultramid® Ccycled polymers, manufactured in Freeport, Texas, have received validation by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Under UL 2809, Environmental Claim Validation Procedure (ECVP), Ultramid Ccycled grades, using multiple pre- and post-consumer waste streams, are available using a mass balance system to meet the recycled content criteria. These grades have the same properties as their conventional equivalents, do not require adjustments to traditional processing methods and are sustainable raw material alternatives for applications such as packaging film, carpeting and furniture.

“As a chemical manufacturer, we regularly reassess our product portfolio and processes,” said Chris Witte, Senior Vice President, BASF Freeport Site. “This UL validation demonstrates that by using recycled feedstock, we can manufacture in a more sustainable way.”

BASF is implementing innovative chemical processes that convert some waste streams into new, valuable raw materials. This capability can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil feedstock inputs, while the quality and properties of the product remain the same.

“Our new Ultramid Ccycled grades have the same high mechanical strength, stiffness and thermal stability as our traditional grades,” said Randall Hulvey, Business Director, BASF Monomers, North America. “In addition, they will help our customers advance in their sustainability goals.”

This UL validation complements other chemical recycling initiatives BASF is undertaking, such as recycling of foam mattresses and end-of-life tires. For more information, visit: The Mass Balance Approach. For more information on Ultramid Ccycled, visit: BASF's Ultramid Ccycled polymers.

Ultramid is a registered trademark of BASF SE.


About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 17,000 employees in North America and had sales of $18.7 billion in 2020. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at


Patricia Presswood
Patricia Presswood
Performance Materials, Engineering Plastics
Last Update June 17, 2021