In 2023, the world’s first plastic recycling plant will start operating in the European Union, where plastic can be given a new life an infinite number of times.
Now plastic, for example, from bottles can be recycled 3-4 times. Then it loses its properties and can no longer be used. And only products that have undergone one processing are suitable for contact with food, writes Europulse.
The plant will use a new technology: instead of simply crushing and re-melting plastic, using a chemical reaction, its constituent polymers will be split into monomers. Then these monomers are purified from dyes, organic and other contaminants and polymerized again. Such raw materials can be re-made into containers and packaging for food and drinks.
The new plant will be able to process PET plastic, from which bottles and many other products are made, as well as polyester. The plant can produce up to 4.2 billion plastic bottles and other products per year. At the same time, it will “save” 180 thousand tons of carbon dioxide emissions compared to the production of the same amount of products from primary plastic.
The construction of the plant is a joint project of the French company Suez and the Canadian Loop Industries. The exact location for the construction of the plant will be determined by mid-2021.
Recycling of plastic waste is an essential tool in the EU’s anti-plastic strategy. According to it, by 2030 in the EU all plastic packaging must either be easily recyclable or be made in such a way that it can be used repeatedly.