MOSCOW (MRC) -- Trinseo and GMP Group plan to collaborate on a polystyrene (PS) recycling plant in the Netherlands, said the company.
The plant - with a minimum capacity of 25,000 tonnes/year and expected to start up in 2024 - will purify PS waste and deliver high-quality recycled PS pellets via a “ Super Clean recycling process,” they said in a statement. It would be built and operated by GMP.
Details about the recycling process or the project’s expected costs were not disclosed. “The Trinseo–GMP collaboration is yet another important move toward helping our customers reach their sustainability goals and closing the loop for a circular economy, and both companies realise that the most successful way to do this is through synergy along the value chain,” said Nicolas Joly, Trinseo’s senior vice president, Plastics and Feedstocks.
Trinseo and GMP also intend to execute a long-term tolling and off-taking agreement for the plant’s recycled PS pellets. Trinseo is a US-based international chemicals and engineered materials company. GMP Group is a Dutch recycling company. Earlier this year, Trinseo acquired Netherlands-based waste manager and recycler Heathland.
As per MRC, Trinseo will use gasification technology to depolymerize post-consumer polystyrene waste into pure styrene. It’s a first-of-its-kind project on an industrial scale. Trinseo’s plant will process 15 kilotons of recycled polystyrene flakes every year. These will be transformed into high-quality recycled styrene and used for the production of new polystyrene and/or styrene derivatives, including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN).
Trinseo is a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber. Trinseo's technology is used by customers in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo completed its renaming process in 1Q 2015. Trinseo had approximately $4.8 billion in net sales in 2021 and has 26 manufacturing sites and one recycling facility around the world and approximately 3,400 employees.