Ineos Inovyn launches recycling pilot plants

Across Europe, around 30% of PVC waste is currently mechanically recycled.
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Project Circle targets the remaining waste which cannot be mechanically recycled, by developing new technologies including dissolution, pyrolysis, and gasification.

The goal is to make all PVC waste recyclable and aim to have our first industrial unit ready by 2030. As part of this process, the company has launched two pilot plants in Jemeppe sur Sambre (Belgium), where Ineos Inovyn’s main R&D centre is located.

These units draw on Vinyloop’s technology experience from 2002 to 2018, and are designed to upgrade PVC dissolution technology which supports the recycling of complex PVC waste, including legacy additives.

Industry wide collaboration plays an important part of Project Circle and to support this, Ineos Inovyn has joined two Belgium consortiums. The first ‘CIRC-PVC’ covers the entire chain, from collecting PVC waste at construction-demolition sites to the production of rejuvenated PVC not containing legacy additives. This brings together industrial partners and experts from across different stages of the value chain: Entreprises Générales Louis Duchêne, Vanheede Environmental Logistics, ROVI-TECH, ECO-DEC, Avient Corporation’s Belgium site, Centexbel, the University of Liège and Ineos Inovyn.

The second consortium ‘DISSOLV’ will drive the development of PVC waste from flooring, carpets and tarpaulin applications which cannot be recycled today, due to the presence of textile fibers and legacy additives. Its members include Beaulieu International Group, Sioen Industries, Empire Carpets International, ExxonMobil, Centexbel and Ineos Inovyn.


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