Polystyreneloop

Polystyrene Loop is a cooperative with members and supporters from the entire PS foam value chain

Polystyreneloop

an innovative purification process to recycle polystyrene foam demolition waste containing additives

Restart

JUNE 22, 2022 Restart of the Polystyrene Loop initiative – the closed loop recycling of EPS insulation materials The demonstration plant for the industrial recycling of EPS insulation materials from demolition and refurbishment work is reopened exactly one year after it was put into operation for the first time. A consortium of German companies has…

Bankruptcy

Unfortunately, Polystyrene Loop B.V. fell into bankruptcy on March 8th, 2022. Polystyrene Loop was a combined EPS and Brominated Flame retardant industry effort to build and operate a novel demonstration plant aiming to recycle deconstruction EPS waste with destruction of the flame retardant HBCD, and subsequent recovery of the valuable polystyrene and bromine. <Click title…

Newsletter “In the loop” December 2021

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CIRCULAR ECONOMY

In a Circular Economy we want to keep resources in use for as long as possible and recover them at the end of their service life to be re-used as raw material for new products.

The PolyStyreneLoop recycling project

PolyStyreneLoop contributes to the Circular Economy by recycling polystyrene (PS) foam demolition waste containing HBCD.

FACILITIES

PolyStyreneLoop is located in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. The plant has a capacity to recycle 3,300 tons per year of PS-foam demolition waste containing HBCD. The plant will produce approximately 3,000 tons of Loop-PS recyclate to be used for the production of new insulation material. The HBCD removed during the Solvent-based Purification process is treated by the Bromine Recovery Unit (BRU) of our partner and member ICL. In the BRU, the bromine is recovered and HBCD safely destroyed. The BRU is located next to the PolyStyreneLoop plant.

TECHNOLOGY

A Solvent-based Purification process

The CreaSolv® Process on which PolyStyreneLoop is based, is a Solvent-based Purification (extraction) allowing the separation of polymers from legislated additives. In the PolyStyreneLoop plant the CreaSolv® Technology separates PS-foam demolition waste from the banned flame-retardant HBCD. (CreaSolv® is a registered trademark of CreaCycle GmbH)