INEOS STYROLUTION COLLABORATES WITH INDAVER AIMING AT A CHEMICAL RECYCLING FOR POLYSTYRENE
INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announces today a collaboration with
Indaver nv, a European waste management company with large-scale treatment facilities
in the port of Antwerp headquartered in Belgium, driving forward chemical recycling for
polystyrene in Europe.
The collaboration between the two companies aims at taking advantage of the recyclability of
polystyrene to convert post-consumer waste in to valuable resources. It will benefit from
Indaver’s intense testing of their depolymerisation and purification process and Indaver’s plans
to set up Plastics2Chemicals, a demo-installation in the port of Antwerp, with a recycling
capacity of 15,000 tonnes a year being operational in the first half of 2021. For the latest update
on Indaver’s material recovery plans, visit https://www.indaver.com/be-en/innovation/materialsrecovery/.
Indaver has a strong track record providing strong solutions to the chemical industry. The close
vicinity of Indaver to the INEOS Styrolution site in Antwerp contributes to close collaboration.
The initial focus of the collaboration will be to fully align the output of Indaver’s depolymerisation
process with feedstock specifications of INEOS Styrolution’s polymerisation process.
“Waste is not an end product. It is a phase in the lifecycle of a material. With the innovative
Plastics2Chemicals project, Indaver develops a sustainable solution for plastic waste by
recycling into high-grade materials. We are pleased to work with INEOS Styrolution as one of
our preferred partners to use these recycled materials as a valuable alternative for virgin raw
materials. This project is an example of the industry’s sustained commitment to help achieve the
European objectives in valorizing plastics.” says Paul De Bruycker, CEO Indaver.
Rob Buntinx, President EMEA at INEOS Styrolution welcomes the collaboration: “Driving the
circular economy for polystyrene forward is at the center of our activities at INEOS Styrolution.
We believe that chemical recycling is a key cornerstone contributing to reducing post-consumer
waste. I am excited to have found such a strong partner in Europe sharing our objectives and
complementing our own skills.”