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Flemish company launches pilot plants for European PVC recycling

Across Europe, approximately 30% of PVC waste is currently being mechanically recycled. Project Circle focuses on the remaining waste that cannot be mechanically recycled, by developing new technologies including dissolution, pyrolysis, and gasification.

​Their goal is to make all PVC waste recyclable and they aim to have the first industrial unit ready by 2030. To make this possible, they have launched two pilot plants in Jemeppe sur Sambre (Belgium), where the main R&D centre of INEOS Inovyn is located.

Photo: INEOS Inovyn.

Pilot plants
​These pilot plants draw on the experience gained with the Vinyloop™ technology from 2002 to 2018, and have been established to optimise the PVC dissolution technology for facilitating the recycling of 'complex' PVC waste, including historically used additives.

Luc Castin, INEOS Inovyn Sustainability Manager: "By collaborating along the value chain, we can leverage our collective expertise to develop solutions more quickly and bring more recycled products to the market. We need a thriving and competitive European plastics industry that enables us to invest more and innovate in circularity and decarbonisation. The financial support from the Walloon and Flemish Regions to the consortia is vital to achieve this."

Project Circle
​Collaboration within the industry is a key part of Project Circle and to realise this, the organisation has joined two Belgian consortia. The first 'CIRC-PVC' consortium covers the entire value chain, from the collection of PVC waste at demolition sites to the production of renewed PVC that contains no historically used additives.

​The consortium brings together industrial partners and experts from different stages of the chain: General Enterprises Louis Duchêne, Vanheede Environmental Logistics, ROVI-TECH, ECO-DEC, the Belgian branch of Avient Corporation, Centexbel, the University of Liège, and INEOS Inovyn.

The second consortium 'DISSOLV' will drive the innovation of recycling techniques for PVC waste from floor coverings, carpets, and tarpaulins that cannot be recycled today due to the presence of textile fibers and additives. Members include Beaulieu International Group, Sioen Industries, Empire Carpets International, ExxonMobil, Centexbel, and INEOS Inovyn.

More information:
INEOS Inovyn
Scheldelaan 480
2040 Antwerp, Belgium
[email protected]

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