Project partners present “virgin-grade” oil made from waste plastic

Waste company IVAR, chemical recycling company Quantafuel and Geminor have for several months been collaborating in the chemical recycling of waste plastic from the Stavanger region in Norway. The first oil developed from waste plastic in the project is now ready for use in new plastic products.

Rudolf Meissner at IVAR in Stavanger, Norway, with the waste plastic oil.

In the Stavanger region, plastics and metal packaging are sorted at IVAR’s modern sorting plant, where valuable resources are extracted from household waste. In a collaborative project with Quantafuel, waste plastic with the right properties has been sent to the company’s chemical recycling plant in Skive in Denmark, where Quantafuel is upgrading plastic waste to new raw materials. This raw material, or oil, can be used to produce new products that have high-quality requirements in both Norway and the EU, such as food packaging.

So far in 2022, Quantafuel has received as much as 150 tonnes of plastic for chemical recycling from IVAR.

– We have been processing plastic from the IVAR plant for a few months now, and we find that the quality of the oil that is produced satisfies the requirements of our customer BASF. The oil holds a quality that can be used in products such as transport boxes for fish, food packaging, and thermo boxes for temperature-sensitive medicines, says Quantafuel’s Chief Operating Officer, Terje Eiken.

Terje Eiken at Quantafuel.

– This production is an important step toward more efficient material recycling. We look forward to taking greater responsibility in reaching the ambitious recycling goals of the EU, Eiken says.

Increases recycling rate

IVAR’s sorting plant saves the environment 33,000 tonnes of emissions per year through increased recycling of plastic, metal, and paper.

Project leader at IVAR, Rudolf Meissner, sees great opportunities in the collaboration with Quantafuel.

– We have for some time been searching for recycling solutions that provide an even higher recycling rate for our sorted plastic. Quantafuel is able to utilize plastics that cannot be recycled in other ways, says Meissner.

– A milestone

Geminor is responsible for the logistics when IVAR’s waste plastic is exported for chemical recycling in Denmark.

Country Manager in Norway, Kjetil Hausken, sees the chemically produced oil as a milestone in the common effort to increase the material recycling rate of waste plastics in Norway.

– Being a part of this project, it is great to finally see a finished oil product based on chemical recycling. The tests show that plastic qualities such as LDPE and PP foil are well suited for this purpose, says Hausken.

Kjetil Hausken is Country Manager at Geminor Norway.

Finding, sorting, and treating plastic that is suitable for pyrolysis is an ongoing process in Scandinavia and the EU, says Hausken.

– Chemical recycling not only requires the right type of plastic, but also the right quality and purity. It is important that more waste producers become familiar with this process, as we depend on high-quality sorting and large volumes of plastic to be able to meet international recycling ambitions, says Hausken.

– High expertise, solid routines, and adapted equipment are all important factors in this important work, concludes Kjetil Hausken at Geminor.

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