Chemical recycling: OMV and Interzero hold ground-breaking ceremony for sorting plant

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Work to build the first post-sorting plant for chemical recycling is making swift progress in Walldürn, Germany. On 20 November, the investors, OMV and Interzero, held a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony at the Walldürn Industrial Park for the €170m project, which will create 120 jobs.

Axel Schweitzer, chairman and owner of Interzero, described the project as the "beginning of a new era in plastics recycling.” "Together with our strong partner OMV, we are using our innovative recycling process to give plastics that are currently incinerated a second life through chemical recycling. I am convinced that with the aid of chemical recycling, the recycling rate in Germany can and will increase significantly in the future.”

Mr Schweitzer said that the plant would help to raise the plastic recycling rate throughout Germany by three per cent by 2026.

Operated by the joint venture Circular Feedstock Walldürn GmbH, the facility is to turn 260,000 tonnes of residues from sorting lightweight packaging into a polyolefin-containing mixture each year. OMV will process this feedstock into pyrolysis oil using its Reoil technology at a plant in Schwechat near Vienna. In the next step, it will extract raw materials for the production of virgin plastic by its subsidiary, Borealis.

Daniela Vlad, a Member of the Executive Board at OMV, thanked the company’s partner, Interzero, technical project partners and, in particular, local stakeholders on the ground who were helping to make the project possible. "With this new plant, we will reshape the landscape of our industry, will stimulate the creation of new markets, and will redefine OMV’s future as we transform to become an integrated sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials company.”             

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