Materials

Recycling Technologies to open first site in Europe

Plastic waste reprocessor Recycling Technologies announced yesterday (22 April) that the Netherlands will be the location of its first site in Europe.

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Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Netherlands, which has recently launched its ‘sustainability and circular hub’, aiming to implement innovative solutions to solve ecological problems, will be the first site outside of Europe for Recycling Technologies’ RT7000 machine.

The plastic chemical recycling RT7000 machine turns low-grade plastic waste into a feedstock trademarked as Plaxx®, used for new plastic production.

Transforming types of hard-to-recycle plastic such as films, bags, laminated plastics into the Plaxx® feedstock is a modular and small-scale process; Recycling Technologies believes its technology provides a scalable solution to create ‘value’ from plastic waste and reduce the 88 per cent of used plastic which is either buried, burned or leaked into the environment.

Located close to the main petrochemical hub in Europe, around Antwerp and Rotterdam, the campus aims to maintain the region’s leadership position in petrochemicals, sharing research and commercial programmes to develop new sustainable and recyclable materials and technologies.

Recycling Technologies Sales and Marketing Director Elena Parisi said: “The strategic location of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, at the heart of the petrochemical industry, our shared values of innovation, excellence and sustainability, and the mutual commitment to deliver a circular economy for plastics have been key factors driving our decision to begin our internationalisation from the Netherlands.

“The campus has already attracted a number of companies with smart and commercial technologies to address major ecological challenges making it another ideal partner for us to advance the development and deployment of our technology in Europe.”

CEO of Brightlands Chemelot Campus Bert Kip said: “Brightlands Chemelot Campus and Chemelot Industrial Park, naturally working in cooperation with the major parties at the Chemelot Industrial Park, are jointly opting to develop a circular chemical industry. This will involve a step-by-step replacement of today’s fossil fuels – natural gas and naphtha – with circular carbon from plastic waste and biomass, a complex transition process that requires new technologies.

“Some of these necessary technologies will come from tech startups that are based at the campus and/or the site, and some will be working from the Brightsite innovation center founded in 2019. We are particularly pleased and proud that Recycling Technologies has decided to set up their first European site for recycling plastic at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, an important step in implementing the Circular Hub strategy.”

This deployment of the Swindon-based company’s machine in the Netherlands marks the next step in its work to develop chemical recycling.

Earlier this year the plastic waste reprocessor received a  €10-million investment from the renewable diesel and jet fuel company Neste and sustainable investment manager Mirovaset to accelerate the development of chemical recycling.

At the end of last year the company teamed up with energy company Total and global brands Nestlé and Mars to develop an industrial chemical recycling industry in France.

Closer to home, Recycling Technologies has a partnership with Swindon Borough Council to develop a ‘first in England’ advanced plastics recycling facility.