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Quantafuel inks waste plastic contract with Grønt Punkt Norge to boost chemical recycling project

Norwegian firm Grønt Punkt Norge has announced that it has waste plastic contract with plastic-to-fuel specialist Quantafuel. Grønt Punkt Norge will supply up to 10 000 tonnes of post-consumer plastic packaging to Quantafuel’s new facility in Skive, Denmark.

The material that goes to Quantafuel’s Denmark facility will be chemically recycled into feedstock for new plastic for the German chemical major BASF.

Norwegian recycling company GemiNor is also participating in the project, and will be responsible for developing a sorting line especially tailored to Quantafuel’s needs. The purpose is to utilise as much plastic packaging as possible for chemical recycling.

“This project ensures that as much as 10,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from Norwegian households can be recycled in our plant and become new plastic products,” said Thomas Steenbuch Tharaldsen, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability.

He added: “This is a pioneering project in chemical recycling and will show Europe how to achieve the ambitious targets set in the EU for plastics recycling. Grønt Punkt Norge is leading the way for Norway, and we are confident that other European countries will follow.”

According to Grønt Punkt Norg, this test project will be important for documenting chemical recycling in a sustainability perspective. The parties will map the origin of the plastic waste, the alternative use of the plastic and the percentage of the plastic waste that is processed into new raw material for new plastic products.

The findings will be summarised in a report to the Norwegian Environment Agency, which also has been consulted in the project. The Agency has confirmed that chemical recycling, where the chemical feedstock goes into new plastic production, is defined as recycling on the same level as mechanical recycling.

“We have a unique opportunity to follow the plastic waste through a Nordic value chain and document the extent of closing the recycling loop of plastic,” said Tharaldsen.

The goal is to gain even more knowledge, the highest possible utilisation of resources and the greatest possible environmental benefit, according to Grønt Punkt Norge. Chemical material recycling through pyrolysis is the technology with the greatest potential to solve the plastic problems in Europe, the firm maintained.

During the Corona pandemic, far more plastic packaging from households is collected, the firm said. This is a major challenge in a market with low demand and scarce capacity in sorting facilities. Plastretur, operated by Grønt Punkt Norge, is therefore thrilled reaching this agreement.

“Innovation prevails during times of crisis. Delivering collected household plastic packaging for chemical recycling rather than sending some of it to energy utilisation is very good news for the environment,” said Svein Erik Rødvik, recycling manager at Grønt Punkt Norge.

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