The investment is poised to become a textbook example of the circular economy. “With this new plant we are going to recycle plastics in a unique way,” says Erik Moerman, director of the new Plastic2Chemicals (P2C) facility. “We will focus on recycling polystyrene and polyolefins. Polystyrene, which can be found in yogurt jars, for example, will be converted into styrene. This styrene is so pure that it can be reused to make a new yogurt jar, with no loss of quality.”
“Polyolefins, on the other hand, are mainly found in plastic foils. They are a group of thermoplastics that include polyethylene and polypropylene. We are also going to remove those chemical components from the foils, allowing chemical companies to make new foils of the same quality with the same basic substances,” Moerman adds.