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By Janet Miranda
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Trinseo will build a full commercial scale polystyrene (PS) recycling plant in Tessenderlo, Belgium that is expected to be operation in 2023.
The company will use depolymerisation which breaks down polymers into their precursors to chemically recycle the material. The recycled PS will have identical properties with virgin PS.
Trinseo is currently working in partnership with Germany’s INEOS Styrolution, and UK-based Recycling Technologies to build a pilot PS plant in the UK in 2022.
INEOS Styrolution also plans to build its own full commercial scale recycling facility in Wingles, France.
Each plant would aim to convert 15,000 tonnes/year of PS waste into recycled styrene.
Recycling Technologies was selected to join as technology provider for the commercial scale recycling of PS. The company provided the highest yields in the conversion of PS to a styrene monomer.
The technology will be further developed jointly be the three parties.