Ambitious plans to recycle polystyrene in Europe will use technology developed in Swindon.
The world's two biggest producers of polystyrene have chosen Recycling Technologies to help build Europe’s first plants to recycle the previously- unrecyclable material.
Ineos and Trinseo will use Recycling Technologies’ depolymerisation solution to reduce polystyrene waste back to its chemical building blocks before being polymerised again.
The deal means a pilot plant will be built in the UK in 2022 before commercial scale recycling plants are developed in Europe.
The pilot plant will provide information and data related to chemical recycling and operations to support future development of the commercial-scale recycling plants.
INEOS Styrolution plans to build its full commercial scale recycling facility in Wingles, France.
Trinseo has announced its plan to build its own plant in Tessenderlo, Belgium, which is expected to be operational in 2023.
Each plant would aim to convert 15kT/y of PS waste into recycled styrene.
Nicolas Joly, vice president, plastics & feedstocks at Trinseo and president of Styrenics Circular Solutions, said: “Polystyrene turns out to be a wonderful polymer. Not only is depolymerisation an effective recycling method, but it also allows for recycling while also maintaining food contact compliancy.”
Adrian Griffiths, CEO and founder of Recycling Technologies said: “Our collaboration with INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo is a strong recognition of our technology’s ability to make polystyrene circular.
"We look forward to working with these two global leading companies to build Europe’s first chemical polystyrene recycling facilities.”
Pictured: Recycling Technologies' R&D lab