Viridor and PLASTIC ENERGY collaborate on plastic recycling project

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
A PLASTIC ENERGY plant in Spain

Viridor and PLASTIC ENERGY are set to work together on a new project to recycle 30,000 tonnes of previously unrecycled plastic into oils each year, returning them to the economy.

The two resources companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and begun feasibility work on developing this new project, which is expected to be finalised by the end of 2023.

The collaboration will see Viridor provide a PLASTIC ENERGY chemical recycling plant with predominantly low-density plastic film, a stream traditionally not recycled due to contamination.

PLASTIC ENERGY will then recycle this plastic into recycled oils, which will then be used as a feedstock to create virgin-quality recycled plastic material in collaboration with the chemical industry.

The company is known for its use and development of this chemical recycling technology, which turns non-recyclable plastic waste into hydrocarbon products (called thermal anaerobic technology oil; TACOIL).

The chemical recycling plant is expected to be co-located with a Viridor energy recovery facility (ERF), meaning PLASTIC ENERGY can use the low-carbon electricity generated by Viridor as a fuel source.

PLASTIC ENERGY will own, develop, and operate this chemical recycling plant.

Phillip Piddington, managing director of Viridor, said: “This project is further evidence of Viridor’s ongoing commitment to investment and innovation to push the boundaries of what is recycled and reprocessed in the United Kingdom.

“We are very proud to be working with Plastic Energy to develop a project which further demonstrates how all waste can be considered a resource and not rubbish and that collaboration is the key to achieving our green economy goals.”

PLASTIC ENERGY currently operates two commercial plants in Spain.

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