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Trinseo’s chemical recycling plant on track

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Trinseo’s plans for a new chemical recycling plant in Europe are progressing rapidly.
The global materials company and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders announced last year it will work with global technology provider Synova and global engineering services company Worley on an engineering package.
Work on Trinseo’s Tessenderlo in Belgium site for recycling operations is targeting to begin by the end of 2022.
The plant will be dedicated to recycled polystyrene (rPS), meeting increased demand for the material as brand owners seek sustainable options.
It will process 15 kilotons of rPS flakes annually that will be converted into high quality recycled styrene to enable further production of polystyrene (PS) and/or a styrene derivative including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and styrene acrylonitrile.
PS is one of the most widely used plastics and can be fully circular. Due to its simple chemistry, it can be converted to its monomer yielding a material with identical properties as its fossil equivalent.
“Trinseo chose Synova and Worley to move forward with because of their leadership in their respective areas, the efficiency and maturity of their technologies and approaches, and high-quality output,” said Francesca Reverberi, SVP and chief sustainability officer. “Both, also, have a very strong commitment to sustainability and this alignment was critical for us as we continue our journey and goal of delivering sustainable material solutions, while maintaining high quality and performance.”