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Carbios starts up PET enzymatic recycling plant

October 01/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Green chemistry company Carbios has opened a new industrial demonstration plant with enzymatic recycling technology at its Cataroux site in Clermont-Ferrand, France, said the company.

The demonstration plant will also help validate the technical, environmental, and economic performance of the enzymatic PET recycling process, in addition to designing future industrial units. Carbios stated that the demonstration plant marks the completion of C-ZYME technology development.

C-ZYME, an enzymatic recycling technology, uses an enzyme that helps to depolymerise polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The PET is used in different plastic and textile items. The depolymerised monomers are said to be purified before being repolymerised into PET of comparable quality to virgin PET derived from petrochemicals.

Contrast to traditional methods, Carbios technology facilitates unlimited recycling of all sorts of PET waste, including clear, coloured, opaque, complex plastics and polyester textiles. The enzymatic recycling technology will help produce 100% recycled and 100% recyclable PET goods, which maintain their virgin quality throughout the process.

Carbios CEO Jean-Claude Lumaret said: For more than 10 years, we have been creating innovative solutions to rethink the end of life of plastics and textiles.

When the project was first announced in 2020, Carbios said capacities could be between 50,000-100,000 tonnes/year and it would be starting up in the second quarter of 2021.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PET consumption totalled 411,200 tonnes in the first six month of 2021, up by 12% year on year. Russian companies processed 62,910 tonnes in June, compared to 85,890 tonnes a month earlier.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:polyester, APET-granulate, PET-granulate, PET bottles, PET films, PET preforms, recycling, sustainable development.
Category:General News
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