Breakthrough in chemical recycling of polystyrene

Styrenics producer Ineos Styrolution has announced today that it has completed the first successful test runs producing virgin polystyrene from previously depolymerised material.

A lab-scale quantity of general purpose polystyrene produced from 100% recycled styrene monomer by Ineos Styrolution in Antwerp signals a game changer in polystyrene production. The material is the result of experimental polystyrene production runs with styrene monomer feedstock produced from depolymerisation of styrenic plastic. The tests – done in cooperation with commercial partners and universities – resulted in the production of virgin material with the same product properties as polystyrene produced from new styrene monomers.

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