Sector News

INEOS Styrolution and Polystyvert enter collaboration for polystyrene recycling 

February 5, 2021
Chemical Value Chain

INEOS Styrolution (Frankfurt, Germany) and Polystyvert (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), an innovative leader in dissolution technology, are collaborating to convert post-consumer polystyrene plastic into a new, high quality, polystyrene (PS) raw material resin.

Polystyvert uses a patented dissolution technology to process polystyrene waste into high quality recycled polystyrene. The dissolution method of advanced recycling takes plastic waste in its solid form and dissolves it in a solvent. Once dissolved, the process can mechanically and chemically separate contaminants and additives, before finally separating the original polymer from the solvent. The end-product is then a cleaned polymer that may be used as new raw material resin again.

Polystyvert’s in-depth purification technology offers the ability to treat all types of feedstock, from industrial waste to post-consumer streams. The technology can eliminate a wide range of hard-to-remove contaminants such as pigments and brominated flame-retardants. Recycled polystyrene pellets can then be used to manufacture various categories of polystyrene products, including food-grade applications.

INEOS Styrolution has strong sustainability goals to improve and increase the recovery of post-consumer polystyrene waste. This joint development agreement reinforces their commitment to explore continued research into advanced recycling technologies. “The purification capacity of Polystyvert’s technology is unique,” says Ricardo Cuetos, Vice President, INEOS Styrolution Americas, Standard Products. Cuetos continues, “The high quality of the final recycled polystyrene resin is essential to achieving a truly circular economy in key markets like food service packaging.”

Solenne Brouard, CEO of Polystyvert, states, “Dissolution is an efficient, low-energy technology which offers a cost effective solution to recycle polystyrene in a closed loop.” Using this method, “recycled polystyrene is produced at a competitive price. Thus, opening up the full potential for a circular economy.” Ms. Brouard goes on to say, “We are pleased to work with INEOS Styrolution to set up a truly circular economy for polystyrene. Our common goal is to recycle as much polystyrene as possible and a partnership as such, will make a difference.”

by Mary Page Bailey

Source: chemengonline.com

Related News

July 31, 2021

Maire Tecnimont awarded €430-million contract for Repsol’s Portugal polymers expansion 

Chemical Value Chain

The total contract value is approximately €430 million. The project scope of work entails complete engineering services, equipment and material supply, installation and construction activities and, as an optional part of the scope, commissioning and start up.

July 31, 2021

Lenzing invests €23.3 million in new wastewater-treatment plant in the U.K. 

Chemical Value Chain

Once it has implemented this project, Lenzing will have biological wastewater treatment plants that meet the best available techniques (BAT) quality standard at all its production sites.

July 31, 2021

Is hydrogen just oil and gas greenwashed?

Chemical Value Chain

The debate over the position of hydrogen in the new energy revolution has come to the fore again thanks to Japan’s hosting of the Olympic Games. But rather than showcasing how green this miracle new fuel is, it has highlighted its many problems.

Send this to a friend