Geminor receives support for the planning of a pre-treatment plant for plastic waste

Geminor receives 1,1 million euros from business development organization Innovation Norway for the planning of a pre-treatment plant for plastic waste for chemical recycling.

After partnering up with the chemical recycling company Quantafuel in January, Geminor is stepping up its operations on waste plastics for recycling. With support from Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government’s organization for innovation and business development, Geminor is now commencing a project to streamline pre-treatment of waste plastics for chemical recycling.

Being the main supplier of non-recyclable plastic waste to Quantafuel’s chemical recycling plant in Denmark, Geminor will use the knowledge and results from the project to develop a plant for the collection, sorting, and pre-treatment of waste plastics.

The purpose is to increase efficiency in finding the right quality and composition of waste plastic for chemical recycling – so-called pyrolysis. The process creates chemical feedstock from which can be used for the production of new plastic and other products.

The project starts in Sweden

Geminor’s Chief Operating Officer, Ralf Schöpwinkel, describes the project as a new and important path towards circular solutions for plastics.

COO at Geminor, Ralf Schöpwinkel.

– The testing and planning of a pre-treatment plant is currently taking place in our HUB in Swedish Landskrona. Innovation Norway’s grant for the research and planning of this facility amounts to 1,1 million Euro – or around a quarter of the total investment in the project, says Schöpwinkel.

– Creating a pre-treatment facility will be important in extracting and recycling more plastic waste. The composition of plastic must be optimal in order to streamline chemical recycling, which makes both efficient sorting and the removal of polluting elements such as chlorine and sulfur essential for the chemical process.

– For chemical recycling to succeed on a larger scale, we must have sufficient quality in the pre-treatment phase. There is more than enough waste plastic that can be recycled – the challenge is to sort and treat the plastic in the right and most cost-effective way, says Schöpwinkel.

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