Coalition promotes recycling of plastic lubricant containers

Leading U.S. lubricant manufacturers and plastic packaging manufacturers have come together to form The National Lubricant Container Recycling Coalition (NLCRC).

The goal of this industry-led technical coalition is to establish a market-sustaining program in the United States that drives the recovery and recycling of plastic packaging used to transport lubricants for commercial and consumer use.

Founding members include Castrol, Valvoline, Pennzoil – Quaker State Company, Graham Packaging, and Plastipak Packaging.

The coalition will initially focus on designing and initiating pilot projects to explore optimum methods of collection, aggregation, and processing with the long-term ambition of creating sustainable market-driven solutions throughout the plastic lubricant container value chain.

“The NLCRC represents a compelling opportunity to develop a true market-level circular business model that relies on the collaboration of all stakeholders within the value chain,” says Tristan Steichen, director of NLCRC. He adds, “This coalition could not have been established without the demonstrated leadership of its founding members, and we look forward to the successful transformation of this market.”

Interested organizations committed to establishing solutions for post-consumer recovery and recycling of plastic lubricant containers are invited to join the NLCRC.

Visit or contact Tristan Steichen, director of NLCRC at [email protected].