Chemical recycling: Alba teams up with oil company OMV to build sorting plant

German waste management group Alba and Austrian oil, gas and petrochemicals company OMV want to jointly build a sorting plant to process mixed plastics into feedstock for OMV chemical recycling operations. The two companies announced on 10 March they were in exclusive talks to build and operate a sorting plant in Walldürn in the southwest of Germany. The facility will be designed to process 200,000 tonnes per year of mixed plastic waste from the household packaging waste collection system. A final investment decision will be made this year, according to the two companies.

Alba Recycling GmbH is one of the Alba Group companies owned by Axel Schweitzer. It operates five sorting plants for lightweight packaging waste (metals, plastics and beverage cartons) in Germany, processing around 800,000 tonnes a year of this waste stream. This equates to roughly one third of Germany’s arisings. The plants’ sorting residues contain a lot of mixed plastics, which currently are difficult or impossible to recycle mechanically. Until now, this fraction has been sent for incineration....

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