Recycling Technologies, a specialist plastic recycling technology provider and Brightlands Chemelot Campus, an innovation, research and technological growth hub have signed the first agreement towards the installation of Recycling Technologies’ first European plastic chemical recycling machine, the RT7000, at the Campus in the Netherlands.
The choice of location was motivated by, among other things, the strategic location of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, at the heart of the petrochemical industry, according to Elena Parisi, sales and marketing director at Recycling Technologies.
The Campus is adjacent to Chemelot Industrial Park, a major hub for pipelines from Antwerp and Rotterdam into Germany. The campus, together with Chemelot industrial park, is one of the largest research and industrial sites in Europe.
This present agreement marks a significant step for Recycling Technologies, representing its first site outside of the United Kingdom to showcase, test and deploy its technology throughout Europe. The next steps, said the company, will be to secure the necessary permitting and planning for the new plant, definition of the site layout and initiation of groundwork.
The Campus recently launched its “sustainability and circular hub” plan to play a leading role in implementing innovative solutions to solve ecological problems.
“We are particularly pleased and proud that Recycling Technologies has decided to set up their first European site for recycling plastic at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, an important step in implementing the Circular Hub strategy,” said Bert Kip, CEO Brightlands Chemelot Campus.
Recycling Technologies has developed a technology that can recycle plastic waste into Plaxx, a feedstock from which new plastics with virgin qualities can be made.
Its RT7000 machine enables the creation of value from plastic waste, which is today difficult to recycle through current mechanical recycling methods and therefore ends up being landfilled, incinerated or exported.
Recycling Technologies already has a commercial scale plant in development in Perth, Scotland partly funded from a €10m investment from Neste and Mirova and a grant from Zero Waste Scotland.
In December 2019, it also announced an initiative with Citeo, Total, Mars and Nestlé to develop chemical recycling of plastics in France.