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Recycling Technologies will adapt its pyrolysis-based depolymerization process to the commercial recycling of polystyrene.

Clare Goldsberry

August 6, 2020

2 Min Read
Brightlands Chemelot Campus
Image Brightlands/Recycling Technologies

Global styrenics supplier Ineos Styrolution and Recycling Technologies, a specialist in plastic recycling technology, have signed a joint agreement to advance the development of polystyrene recycling in Europe. Both companies share the same goal of making plastics a sustainable material, said Frankfurt, Germany–based Ineos. The agreement recognizes the commercial value of post-consumer plastic waste and seeks to prevent this important resource from being incinerated or ending up in landfills.

Recycling Technologies, based in Swindon, UK, claims extensive knowledge, technology, and expertise in building reactors suitable for thermally recycling mixed plastics by means of pyrolysis. The company has already completed a detailed research and trial process with Ineos, including the successful processing of polystyrene on its Mark II test reactor, said the joint press release. Both companies will now further advance this depolymerization solution based on Recycling Technologies’ fluidized bed technology and adapt it for the commercial recycling of polystyrene.

Recycling Technologies in Brightlands

Recycling Technologies announced in April that it would install its first plastic chemical recycling machine, the RT7000, at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Netherlands. Image courtesy Brightlands Chemelot Campus/Recycling Technologies.

“This partnership creates the basis for a more circular economy in polystyrene, allowing users to achieve challenging recycling targets set by all their stakeholders,” said Adrian Griffiths, CEO and founder of Recycling Technologies. “To date, we have focused on the recycling technology solutions to address a new and important market — recycling polystyrene.”

Ineos Styrolution and Recycling Technologies believe depolymerization has the potential to close the loop, creating a circular economy for polystyrene and making the material a more valuable polymer. Recycled polystyrene has the potential to meet the demanding specifications of food-packaging regulations, making it attractive to the food industry, said the companies.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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