Tomra equips Borealis European recycling effort

Austria-based plastics producer Borealis and European sorting equipment maker Tomra have opened what they call a “state-of-the-art” plant for postconsumer plastic scrap sorting and mechanical recycling. They say the plant in plant in Lahnstein, Germany, is the result of “a partnership that marries chemistry with technology for unsurpassed results.”

“This plant is just the beginning of what’s possible when key players in the value chain come together to make a truly significant impact in the market,” says Volker Rehrmann, executive vice president and head of circular economy at Tomra. Operation of the plant is a joint enterprise between Tomra, Borealis and waste and recycling management firm Zimmerman. Borealis has focused on the plastics compounding aspects, with Tomra providing sorting technology, while Zimmerman is responsible for daily operations and end product quality.

The plant processes both rigid and flexible plastic scrap from households. It will strive to produce resins the firms describe as high purity and low odor, with high product consistency and light color fractions. The resins will be marketed as Borcycle M-branded recycled-content polymers. “The purpose of this demo plant is to generate material for brand owners and converters to qualify, validate and prove fit for use in their highly demanding applications. Technical success will set the groundwork for a commercial-scale advanced recycling plant,” say the companies.

Source: Recycling Today

Author: Tuula Pohjola