Indorama Ventures to build new PET recycling facility in France and expand existing plants in Poland

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Thai company Indorama Ventures has announced plans to build a new PET recycling facility in Verdun, France.

It also said it will expand existing plants that were recently acquired at Bielsko-Biala and Leczyca in Poland.

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As a result of this announcement, Indorama Ventures said it will recycle 10 billion post-consumer PET bottles across Europe each year by 2023.

Indorama Ventures is investing $1.5 billion (£1.12 billion) globally to expand its recycling facilities to meet its goal, announced in 2019, that it would aim for a minimum of producing 750,000 tonnes of rPET globally by 2025.

By 2023, 1.7 billion more bottles will be recycled as a result of the investment in France and Poland. The Verdun facility is expected to be commission in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Indorama Ventures Recycling Group head of operations – Europe, Francois Lagrue said: “Today we are announcing a new recycling facility in Verdun, France and an expansion of two recently acquired facilities in Bielsko-Biala and Leczyca, Poland. Combined with our existing European facilities, Indorama Ventures will recycle almost 10 billion post-consumer PET plastic bottles in Europe per year by 2023.

“This investment is made possible because of our customers. Their commitment to bottle-to-bottle recycling allows us to invest in the infrastructure Europe needs. These new and expanded recycling facilities will support our shared goal of closed-loop and sustainable packaging solutions.”

Members of the trade association UNESDA, which includes Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Suntory and others, have said they will use Indorama’s rPET in their bottles as part of a commitment to using a minimum of 25% rPET content in bottles by 2025.


Nicholas Hodac, director general, UNESDA

Nicholas’ View

We welcome this investment in Europe’s circular economy. Europe’s soft drinks industry is working hard to drive sustainability throughout its value chain – from sourcing, production and distribution through to packaging, collection, recycling and reuse.

This investment is another proof point that circularity works in Europe. By delivering a closed-loop system we ensure that valuable secondary raw material is not wasted and we achieve a well-functioning EU market.

We must ensure that the right infrastructure is in place – starting with efficient collection schemes – and that all stakeholders play their part in order to achieve a circular economy for plastic bottles.

Today’s announcement is a sign that our members’ commitment is driving investment and delivering real results.

PET bottles can be collected and recycled at very high rates in a closed-loop system, which also enables the industry to boost the uptake of recycled content in bottles. It is another example demonstrating that circularity works.

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