Styrenics supplier INEOS Styrolution and materials solutions provider Trinseo are working together to build a new polystyrene recycling plant based on depolymerization in Wingles, France as part of a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) recently signed by the companies.
The facility will use plastics-to-plastics depolymerization technology to process polystyrene food packaging waste into its original liquid monomer, which can then be used to procude recycled polystyrene.
“We are excited to move to the next phase of engineering of this plant, as we are well on track to deploy the game-changing depolymerization technology with the construction of this recycling plant in France,” said Nicolas Joly, vice president, Plastics & Feedstocks for Trinseo and President of Styrenics Circular Systems, in a company release this week. “This plant will be part of establishing a novel recycling infrastructure in styrenics in Europe together with key players from across the entire value chain, which will mark a step change in polystyrene recycling.”
Trinseo and INEOS Styrolution will examine several technology concepts from Agilyx and Recycling Technologies to determine their quality, efficiency, and ability to adapt to various waste streams.
“Our collaboration between Trineso and INEOS Styrolution is a significant commitment of capital and resources and a major milestone in truly closing the loop with food grade recycled content,” Sven Riechers, vice president, business management, Standard Products EMEA at INEOS Styrolution, said in a statement. “It forms part of INEOS Styrolution’s and Trinseo’s commitments to use, on average, 30% recycled content in products destined for polystyrene packaging in Europe by 2025.”
Once the plant becomes fully operational in mid-2023, it is expected to process up to 50 tn/day of post-consumer polystyrene feedstock.