UK-based recycling technology provider Recycling Technologies is building its first European plastics recycling site at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Netherlands. ‘This will position the plant at one of the largest research and industrial sites in Europe,’ the company says.
The new recycling line will rely on Recycling Technologies’ patented RT7000 technology. This scalable solution is able to transform difficult to recycle, low-grade plastic waste into a feedstock trademarked as Plaxx, which can be used to produce new plastic.
The machine employs thermal cracking – a process which breaks down longer chains of polymers into shorter chains using heat, in the absence of oxygen.
Recycling Technologies says the next step will be to secure necessary permitting and planning for the new plant, define the site layout, and initiate groundwork. The company points out that Brightlands Chemelot Campus is located near the main petrochemical hub in Europe, representing roughly 40% of Europe’s chemical industry. It helps companies develop and scale up process technologies.
The collaboration is quite a milestone for Recycling Technologies, as the new site will be the first outside of the UK to showcase, test, and deploy its technology throughout Europe. The company already set up a commercial-scale plant in development in Perth, Scotland. That facility was partly funded with EUR 10 million from Nestlé and non-profit organisation Zero Waste Scotland.
‘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,’ comments Elena Parisi, Sales and Marketing Director at Recycling Technologies.
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