EPS recycling: Polystyrene Loop has entered bankruptcy

The Dutch plastics recycler Polystyrene Loop declared bankruptcy in early March. The company had only just commissioned a demonstration plant at which it recycled EPS waste from construction waste last June. Polystyrene Loop (PS-Loop) was a joint initiative established by the EPS and flame retardant industries, founded to build and operate a recycling plant which could destroy flame-retardant HBCD in EPS insulation waste, allowing PS and bromine to be recovered.

The recycling facility was based on the Creasolv process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) and had a design capacity of 3,300 tonnes a year. This selective extraction technology uses solvents to separate flame retardants from plastics and yields a clean pelletised polystyrene product....

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