PureCycle Technologies to build its first European PP recycling plant in Belgium

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US firm PureCycle Technologies will construct its first European PP recycling plant in the NextGen District in Belgium.

Based in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, the NextGen District is a global hub for businesses seeking to advance the circular economy.

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PureCycle Technologies intends to build a plant with a capacity of 59,000 tonnes, with opportunities to expand further on the 14 hectare plot. In total, it could potentially install four lines with 240,000 tonnes capacity.

The Florida-based company is currently engaged in feedstock sourcing and financial planning with the intent to secure a final project timeline by the middle of 2023. It hopes to begin construction of the plant in 2024 once the permitting process is completed.

PureCycle Technologies vice president of European Operations Wiebe Schipper said: “The announcement of our first location in Europe marks the next phase in executing PureCycle’s global growth strategy.

“We are excited to bring our Ultra-Pure Recycled (UPR) resin to customers in Europe, where companies and policies are at the forefront of the circular economy. Being in the NextGen District will enable us to capitalise on existing efficiencies, collaborate with other innovators in the space and forge new partnerships.”

PureCycle Technologies holds the global licence for the only patented solvent-driven purification recycling technology, which was developed by The Procter & Gamble Company. The process removes colour, odour and other impurities from PP creating the UPR that can be recycled and reused multiple times.