Global styrenics expert INEOS Styrolution has confirmed its decision to invest in a pilot plant for advanced recycling of polystyrene. The site will be set up in collaboration with Recycling Technologies in Swindon, UK. It is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022.
The recycling will be done through depolymerisation technology. Depolymerisation is an advanced recycling technology that converts polystyrene waste feedstock back into its main building block, styrene which can then be used to manufacture new polystyrene with identical properties to the virgin material.
The Swindon pilot plant will be based on Recycling Technologies’ fluidised bed reactor technology.
About INEOS Styrolution
INEOS Styrolution is a global styrenics supplier, with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard, and styrenic specialities. The company provides styrenic applications for everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, packaging and toys/sports/leisure. In 2020, sales were at €4 billion. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,600 people and operates 20 production sites in ten countries.