Feedstock deal struck for French plastic biorecycling plant

Landbell Group COO Uwe Echteler and Carbios CEO Emmanuel Ladent
Landbell Group COO Uwe Echteler and Carbios CEO Emmanuel Ladent

German waste giant Landbell Group has agreed to feed a pioneering recycling plant in France with PET flakes.

The deal will see 15kt of the material flow into the Longlaville biorecycling facility from 2026.


French biotech firm Carbios earlier this month acquired the land near the Luxumbourg border for the plant it is building with Belgian construction company De Smet Engineers & Contractors.

The flakes from Landbell Group will serve as essential feedstock for the facility.

Carbios has now sourced over two-thirds of the raw material it requires for the 50kt/year capacity plant.

Multilayered, coloured and opaque trays from packaging waste and polyester textile waste will be redirected to recycling.

Carbios chief executive Emmanuel Ladent said: “Through our new partnership with Landbell Group, Carbios secures a significant feedstock supply for our first commercial plant, and we are pleased to make biorecycled PET available to Landbell’s extensive client portfolio, powering a circular economy for plastic.”

Landbell Group chief operating officer Uwe Echteler added: “PET trays are extensively used in food packaging due to their excellent barrier properties, transparency and strength. However, with a multi-layered structure, they currently pose a challenge for mechanical recycling. The innovative depolymerization process developed by Carbios facilitates the recycling of PET waste into high-quality recycled PET.”