Chemical company OMV and ALBA Recycling have announced that they have started exclusive discussions to jointly build and operate an innovative sorting plant for the further sorting of mixed plastic waste for chemical recycling.
A final investment decision for the facility in Walldürn, Germany, is expected later this year.
ALBA Recycling operates five sorting plants in Germany for lightweight packaging and sorts roughly one third of Germany’s lightweight packaging waste – over 800,000 t per year.
The collaboration will secure the delivery of high-quality suitable feedstock for chemical recycling from ALBA Recycling to OMV to help close the loop for plastics.
An innovative state-of-the-art sorting plant designed by ALBA Recycling will have the capacity to process 200,000 tonnes per year of post-consumer mixed waste into suitable feedstock for the production of virgin polyolefins.
This innovative sorting process facilitates the further extraction of polyolefins from a waste fraction that currently requires incineration.
This innovative sorting process has been tested at industrial scale and the output has been successfully processed as feedstock in OMV’s ReOil® pilot plant.
Maximilian Grasserbauer, OMV vice president plastic to plastic: “Used plastics have a significant impact on the environment and climate. “Reducing such impacts while retaining the usefulness of plastics requires a shift towards a more circular plastics system. Chemical recycling like the ReOil® process is the ideal addition to well-established mechanical recycling methods.
“In ALBA, we see a very promising cooperation partner who has many years of expertise in recycling used plastics and with whom we would like to invest in the future. In an innovative future that enables a bigger circular economy for plastic waste.”
OMV was among the first companies to develop a technology for the chemical recycling of used plastics more than a decade ago.
A ReOil® pilot plant has been operating in the Schwechat Refinery in Austria since 2018, capable of turning 100 kg of used plastics into 100 liters of synthetic feedstock per hour.
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