The polyolefins group plans to build a plant for the mechanical recycling of 60,000 tons of plastic waste per year.
With its first dedicated "commercial plant for advanced recycling," Borealis says it will convert polyolefin-based post-consumer waste into "high-performance polymers for demanding applications" at its Schwechat site near Vienna, using its BorcycleTM M technology, which has been tested since 2021 in a demonstration plant in Lahnstein together with Norwegian sorting technology specialist Tomra. The construction of the new plant represents the next step on the way to realizing a circular economy in the plastics sector, following the acquisitions of plastics recyclers mtm plastics in 2016 and Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling in 2018, the company emphasizes. The decision to move forward with the planning of this plant would be based on the positive feedback from the market on recycled polyolefins supplied by the demonstration plant, the company further informs. The FEED (front-end engineering design) phase for the plant will be carried out by NextChem, a specialist in green chemistry and technologies for the energy transition, according to Borealis. After that, the final investment decision is to be expected to be made in 2023, with construction to begin by the end of the year. The first shipments of recycled polyolefin products are expected in 2025. The plant is also expected to contribute to the Group's sustainability commitments, which envisage a supply capacity of 600,000 tons of recyclable products and solutions worldwide by 2025, to be increased to 1.8 million tons by 2030.
- Pressrelease Borealis (Oct. 19, 2022)
- Kunststoff Information (Oct. 24, 2022)
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