Ineos Styrolution and Trinseo introduced that they’ve reached a major milestone of their plan to construct industrial polystyrene (PS) recycling vegetation in Europe. After an in depth evaluation of expertise choices, Recycling Applied sciences has been chosen because the expertise supplier as a result of it produced the very best yields in changing PS to styrene monomer.
“Our collaboration with Ineos Styrolution and Trinseo is a powerful recognition of our expertise’s capability to make polystyrene round,” stated Adrian Griffiths, CEO and founding father of Recycling Applied sciences Ltd. “We look ahead to working with these two international main corporations to construct Europe’s first chemical polystyrene recycling facility.”
The three associate corporations share the objective of constructing PS a round materials by depolymerization. The distinctive properties of PS permit for full circularity, the place PS waste is returned to its chemical constructing blocks earlier than being polymerized once more. The recycled PS could have properties similar to virgin PS. Life-cycle assessments present a major lower in greenhouse fuel emissions when put next with PS manufacturing from naphtha, in accordance with the businesses.
Nicolas Joly, Vice President, Plastics & Feedstocks, at Trinseo and President of Styrenics Round Options, commented: “Polystyrene seems to be a beautiful polymer. Not solely is depolymerization an efficient recycling methodology, nevertheless it additionally permits for recycling whereas sustaining food-contact compliance.”
Previous to constructing the commercial-scale recycling vegetation, a PS recycling pilot plant shall be constructed within the UK in 2022, and the expertise shall be additional developed collectively by the three events.
Ineos Styrolution plans to construct its full commercial-scale recycling facility in Wingles, France. Trinseo introduced its plan to construct a plant in Tessenderlo, Belgium, which is anticipated to be operational by 2023.