United kingdom green tech pioneer Recycling Technologies wins important polystyrene recycling contract with giants Ineos and Trinseo


he world’s two most significant polysytrene makers, Ineos and Trinseo, have picked out a compact Uk “green tech” enterprise to assistance create Europe’s 1st vegetation to recycle the polluting materials.

The duo have picked Recycling Systems as the engineering husband or wife to the plan to establish business scale recycling crops of polystyrene.

Broadly applied in food items packaging for the reason that of its protective and insulating attributes, polystyrene is presently primarily possibly burned or thrown into landfill.

The very first plant will be crafted this 12 months on a trial in Swindon with complete, professional functions then staying introduced by Ineos in Wingles, France and by Trinseo in Tessenderio, Belgium up coming 12 months.

It comes as a significant acquire for Recycling Technologies, which was set up by automotive engineer Adrian Griffiths, in 2011.

So much, the group’s technologies have been funded by Crowdcube and personal placements of cash, and it is at present backed by Finnish petrochemicals group Neste and environmental investor Mirova.

Even so, its assortment by Ineos and Trinseo right now will fuel speculation of a possible inventory industry flotation to get its improvements further more.

The business is at present centered on producing small plastics recycling devices that can be quickly put in in towns’ recycling centres.

The equipment converts squander plastics into a content that can then be used to make new plastic.

The polystyrene technology aims to change squander again into its chemical setting up blocks, stripping out the polymer. It can then be “repolymerised” back into polystyrene with just the identical homes as “virgin” polystyrene.

Not only would that resolve the landfill trouble, but the process seems to use noticeably significantly less greenhouse gasoline emissions than creating polystyrene from new naptha.

Griffiths claimed the collaboration with the two chemicals giants was recognition of his technology’s capacity to make the lifestyle cycle of polystyrene “circular”.

Nicholas Joly, vice president of plastics and feedstocks at Tinrseo claimed: “Polystyrene turns out to be a fantastic polymer. Not only is depolymerisation an helpful recycling approach, but it also allow for for recycling” whilst staying in just rigorous recommendations for foodstuff packaging.