9 months of construction
WHO IS PARTICIPATING
The Circular Economy concept aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.
The PolyStyreneLoop recycling project
Circular economy is a continuous cycle that preserves and enhances natural capital, optimises resource yields and minimises system risks.
The demonstration plant is intended be built in Terneuzen next to the ICL-IP facilities, and will work with a physical polymer dissolution process using the CreaSolv® Technology. The removed HBCD will be destructed in the bromine recovery unit at ICL-IP Terneuzen (see BRU photo facilities) and converted back into bromine. Financial funding is secured, and a land plot is purchased. Permits for application and engineering is in progress aiming towards scheduled startup of the demonstration plant beginning 2020. The initial annual capacity is 3000 tonnes of PS foam waste.
One of the key options for dealing with the growing volumes of end of life construction PS foam waste streams in the decades to come is the closed-loop recycling of PS foam waste. The PolyStyreneLoop project has been assessing the economic feasibility of such a process.
A physical separation by dissolution
Expanded plastics like polystyrene will be collected, cleaned and compacted at or nearby their place of origin, thus achieving a optimal freight density: a transport cost reduction compared to other current collection systems.