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Van Werven ups renewable plastics production in Flanders

Lanaken (Flanders) will become the site of a new production line for Van Werven Recycling Plastics, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Representing an investment of EUR 2.5 million, the line will recycle hard plastics and turn them into novel raw materials that can completely meet the need for primary plastics. Every year, Van Werven accounts for 15 million kilograms of renewable plastics. Its ambition is to double this amount by 2019.

Recycled plastic bottles


Thanks to this investment, a new wash and grind line will be built at Van Werven’s site in Lanaken. This will enable the company to carry out its entire recycling process in one spot: shredding, washing and grinding hard plastics into pure, small pieces. That way, no less than 95% of all incoming plastic is turned into new materials that are 100% suited to replace primary raw materials.

Circular and local

“Our mission is to enable a circular economy locally,” says Peter Brughmans, purchase consultant at Van Werven Belgium. “We don’t need to source materials from the other side of the world anymore, because we organize our entire recycling process in Flanders. Such a local approach is not only interesting in terms of logistics and costs, but it also helps us reduce our ecological footprint.”

Find out more about sustainable materials and the circular economy in Flanders.

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Van Werven Recycling Plastics
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22 October 2018

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