Key recycling plant role for Swindon firm

By Barrie Hudson - 20 April 2021


Swindon-based Recycling Technologies has been selected as technology partner in plans to build commercial polystyrene (PS) recycling plants in Europe.

The Recycling Technologies research and development lab

Alongside INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo,  Recycling Technologies has announced its selection.

Following a detailed assessment of technology options, Recycling Technologies was selected to join INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo as the technology provider for commercial scale recycling of PS. 

Recycling Technologies' solution provided the highest yields in the conversion of PS to styrene monomer, and provided the most scalable solution thanks to the company's fluidised bed reactor combined with the expertise of a highly skilled technical team.

Prior to building the commercial scale recycling plants, a PS recycling pilot plant will be built in the UK in 2022, and the technology will be further developed jointly by the three parties. 

The pilot plant will provide information and data related to chemical recycling and operations to support future development of the commercial scale recycling plants.

INEOS Styrolution plans to build its full commercial scale recycling facility in Wingles, France. Trinseo has announced its plan to build its own plant in Tessenderlo, Belgium, which is expected to be operational in 2023. 

All three companies share the same vision of making PS a circular material through depolymerisation. The unique properties of PS allow for full circularity, where PS waste is returned to its chemical building blocks before being polymerised again. The recycled PS will have identical properties with virgin PS.


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