Chemical-recycling – Renewable-polymers 09-04-2022

Chemical-recycling – Renewable-polymers

-Chemical Recycling Is A Complementary Solution To Tackle Plastic Waste

30 million tonnes of plastic waste is collected every year in Europe, still 85% of that ends up in landfill, in incineration or is exported.  At a recent digital dialogue we gathered a panel of experts to discuss how chemical recycling could play a role in solving this issue.

“We need to make sure we don’t only collect and recycle, but we also bring the recycled materials back to the economic cycle, to the new products”, said Rana Pant, Policy Officer Single Use Plastics (SUP) & country responsibilities on Waste Management, DG Environment, European Commission.

Sharing how France is addressing the issue Olivier Stemler, Projects Director Chemistry, Water, Biotechs, French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery, highlighted that the national goal is to foster recycling technologies: “The French public authorities together with different stakeholders of the industry are also putting in place, for two years, a national plan to remove the regulatory obstacles to boost plastic recycling, as an example of how we can move forward”. To fund these circularity projects, France is allocating 500 million euros from the national recovery fund.  Chemical-recycling – Renewable-polymers

The role of chemical recycling in helping tackle plastic waste

Chemical recycling can compliment mechanical one since chemical recycling can treat mixed and contaminated plastic waste that cannot be recycled mechanically. That’s how Inari Seppä, Director of Circular Economy Advocacy at Eastman, defined the role of this technology. “These technologies have truly a potential to create an infinity loop for plastics, maintaining the raw materials in circulation again and again. There is no compromise on performance or quality, and safety of the products that are made with those raw materials”, Seppä said. Recycling targets for some products is now creating a market for chemical recycling, but collaboration along value chains and creating more incentives for this technology are needed to increase its uptake.

Chemical Recycling Is A Complementary Solution To Tackle Plastic Waste

-Environmental news and technical  innovation in the nonwovens sector

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has has started production a new line at its plant in Turin, Italy, increasing capacity of filtration and energy storage materials.

Initially announced in January 2020, the new machine at the Turin plant is a state-of-the-art line specifically designed to produce glass microfibre media.

The line will serve applications where glass microfiber media is required, supporting Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s growth initiatives in industrial filtration as well as in Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM), a key component in Lead Acid Batteries. In addition, the new line will also be able to deliver online saturated filter media, supporting the increasing global demand for filtration media. Chemical-recycling – Renewable-polymers

“This capacity increase in Turin is an important step for Ahlstrom-Munksjö. We are pleased to be able to provide the best technology to our customers, both for high-performance filtration and energy storage. This investment supports our company’s strategic ambition to maintain a leading position in growth niches of the global filtration markets such as clean rooms, HVAC and hydraulic applications,” said Giuseppe Costa, Vice President, Filtration & Performance Solutions Asia and EMEA. ”Additionally, the company is making a strong step into the energy storage market by bringing on stream a platform which will be fully qualified for the manufacture of AGM media.”

“Ahlstrom-Munksjö has responded to growing customer demand by successively expanding its global filtration manufacturing capabilities through several new and expansionary investments in the past few years,” added Daniele Borlatto, Executive Vice President, Filtration & Performance Solutions. “Due to this strategy, Ahlstrom-Munksjö is regarded in the filtration market as a unique and innovative media supplier, with the capability to provide a wide range of high-quality products across all geographies. With this new investment, our company again proves its dedication to the filtration market, and additionally, its readiness to become a key supplier in media for energy storage.”  Chemical-recycling – Renewable-polymers

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