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World’s largest plastic recycling plant opens

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World’s largest plastic recycling plant opens

The world's biggest plant for sorting plastic packaging opened for business today, Nov. 15, which happens to be Recycling Day. Site Zero in Motala, Sweden, doubles plastic recycling compared to the previous benchmark plant, which was already one of the most efficient in Europe. Up to 95% of all packaging received can be recycled.

Source: PlasticsToday

Svensk Plaståtervinning (Swedish Plastic Recycling) invested one billion Swedish Krona (about $95 million) in the facility.

The conditions now exist to actually make plastics part of the circular economy.

Mattias Philipsson, CEO, Svensk Plaståtervinning

Minister for Climate and Environment Romina Pourmokhtari and more than 350 guests from Sweden and Europe attended the opening ceremony.

The key to successful plastic recycling is retaining the value of the material, which requires efficient sorting and recycling of each individual plastic type. This is where Site Zero is pioneering: The plant can sort as many as 12 types of plastic, which corresponds to almost all types of plastic on the Swedish packaging market, compared to three or four at comparable plants in Europe.

Among those are two types of flexible packaging polymers.

Site Zero has now been tested for a period prior to opening, and the results show record figures for sorting efficiency. As much as 95% of the packaging arriving at the plant can be sorted out for recycling in the next step.

This means a doubling of plastic recycling compared to our previous plant, which was already one of the most efficient in Europe. The results from the test period show that plastic can now become part of the circular economy. With Site Zero, we have set a new path for plastic recycling and the rest of Europe. The world needs to follow, to reduce emissions from incineration and the need for primary raw material. It is no longer justifiable to incinerate as much plastic as we do or melt it down into low-quality products that cannot be recycled again.

Mattias Philipsson, CEO, Svensk Plaståtervinning

Site Zero will be the world's biggest sorting plant and can process 200,000 tons of plastic packaging. This is approximately equivalent to the total volume in Sweden. About half of this plastic packaging is collected by the Swedes, and until more plastic reaches the recycling system, Svensk Plaståtervinning has offered capacity to other countries. Starting in 2024, Site Zero will receive most of Finland's household plastics.

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