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New lab to boost Suez’s plastics recycling

France – French major Suez Environnement wants to double its production of recycled plastics in Europe within five years. In order to move towards this goal, the company has opened PLAST’lab – a laboratory dedicated to plastics recycling.

′PLAST′lab will allow us to make greater strides towards improving the quality and quantity of recycled plastics and is entirely consistent with our determination to place the circular economy at the heart of our strategy,′ comments Suez′s managing director Jean-Louis Chaussade.

In the PLAST′lab, Suez will analyse, test and classify plastic materials and formulate new ranges from recycled plastics that meet the demands of manufacturers. The laboratory is claimed to be ′unique′ because it focuses on ′manufacturers′ demand and specifications′ for recycled plastics. Suez is looking to partner with companies that consume recycled plastics to find what it calls ′tailored solutions′ for their needs.

Suez, through its SITA waste management and recycling subsidiary, claims to have the capacity to handle more than 440 000 tonnes of plastic waste each year. Some 148 000 tonnes are recycled by the company′s own plants.

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