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Ineos Styrolution, Trinseo advance plans for polystyrene recycling plant in France

September 21/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Material suppliers Ineos Styrolution and Trinseo are advancing their plans to build whats being called a "first-of-its-kind" polystyrene (PS) recycling in Wingles, northern France, said the company.

The planned full commercial scale recycling facility will be capable of processing up to 50 tons-per-day of post-consumer PS feedstock, the companies said in a Sept. 17 statement, and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2023.

The companies said they will evaluate two different technology pyrolysis-based concepts during the conceptual design phase, one from Agilyx Corp. and the other from Swindon, England-based Recycling Technologies Ltd., in terms of quality, efficiency, and adaptation to different waste streams.

When completed, the plant will use the depolymerization process. "In previous project milestones, the depolymerisation of PS has proven to be an ideal recycling process showcasing polystyrenes unique intrinsic capability for full circularity, the statement said. The plastics-to-plastics depolymerisation technology converts PS food packaging waste directly back into its original liquid monomer, which then can be repolymerised into recycled polystyrene for the same high-quality end applications, including food contact applications much like virgin PS."

"We are excited to move to the next phase of engineering of this plant, as we are well on track to deploy the game-changing depolymerisation technology with the construction of this recycling plant in France, said Nicolas Joly, vice president, plastics & feedstocks at Trinseo. This plant will be part of establishing a novel recycling infrastructure for styrenics in Europe together with key players from across the entire value chain, which will mark a step change in PS recycling."

"Our collaboration between Trinseois a significant commitment of capital and resources and a major milestone in truly closing the loop with food grade recycled content, said Sven Riechers, vice president, business management, standard products EMEA at Ineos. It forms part of Ineos and Trinseos commitments to use, on average, 30 per cent recycled content in products destined for PS packaging in Europe by 2025."

As it was written earlier, AmSty, INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo signed Joint Development Agreement to advance the circularity of polystyrene.

As per ICIS-MRC Price Report, the high impact polystyrene (HIPS) and general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) market
participants in Russia said demand for material remained strong amid its shortage. Large buyers were generally provided with material according to their needs, whereas small ones could not fully meet their needs, as there were no free quantities of Nizhnekamskneftekhim's polystyrene (PS) for injection moulding, extrusion and production of XPS-boards at the beginning of autumn.

Ineos Styrolution is the leading global styrenics supplier, with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 90 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering innovative and sustainable best-in-class solutions, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets, and at the same time, help make the circular economy for styrenics a reality. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, packaging and toys/sports/leisure.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PS, EPS, GPPS, HIPS, Ineos, Ineos Styrolution, Trinseo (Styron), recycling, sustainable development.
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