Netherlands group plans $100 million PP, PE plant

Netherlands group plans $100 million PP, PE plant

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

April 25, 2014

A group of investors and industry stalwarts are putting together $100 million to build a plastics recovery facility in the Netherlands.

Operating as Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), the consortium plans to open the new facility in late 2015. The plastics recovery facility (PRF) will focus on polypropylene and polyethylene streams from residential and industrial sources and supply recycled feedstock to customers aiming to "replace conventional oil-based plastics in high-end applications," QCP's CEO Huub Meessen said in a press release.

Once operational, the plant, which is located on the grounds of the Chemelot industrial chemical site in Geelen, will process up to 110,000 tons of plastics each year. The company hopes the operation will lead to 100 direct jobs.

PRFs, once viewed as a risky domestic investment due to the ease of sending material overseas, are beginning to sprout in the U.S. as well. QRS and Canusa Hershman Recycling are teaming up to build a sizeable facility in Baltimore County that will process plastics No. 1-7 from surrounding MRFs. The QRS-Canusa Hershman operation, set to open in late 2014, will aim to sell all sorted plastics by resin type within the U.S.

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