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Plans for commercial scale polystyrene chemical recycling plant in Europe

July 10, 2019 / packagingeurope

SCS members INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo, global leaders in the manufacturing of PS and other styrenic materials combined resources to advance the development of a commercial scale chemical recycling plant. The new plant will be capable of processing up to 50 tons-per-day of post-consumer PS feedstock. This project advancement follows the promising results of an evaluation study in which SCS, the joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers, engaged Agilyx, a leading developer of chemical recycling technologies for plastics, to perform tests with samples of post-consumer PS food packaging waste. Agilyx evaluated the composition of the waste feedstock and successfully recycled it back into its original liquid monomer, using its proprietary depolymerisation technology. This project demonstrated polystyrene’s unique intrinsic capability to be fully recycled.
“This is an exciting time in the advancement of plastics recycling, when we really...