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Circular Economy

The Circular Economy concept aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.

Circular economy is a continuous cycle that preserves and enhances natural capital, optimises resource yields and minimises system risks.

The PolyStyreneLoop recycling project contributes to this concept by introducing a recycling process for PS foams containing HBCDD. These foams have been used for many years as insulation material for buildings. A physico-chemical recycling process can now turn PS foams into a PS recyclate of high quality, to be used as raw material for new foams. In parallel, this process safely removes the flame retardant HBCD, which is then treated in a hazardous waste incinerator equipped with a Bromine Recovery Unit (BRU). This facility ensures the safe recovery of the valuable bromine component.

The PolyStyreneLoop project will demonstrate how the polystyrene value chain meets the fundamental requirements of a circular economy, by ensuring a technically, economically and environmentally sustainable closed-loop recycling system.

This project is supported by the EU through the LIFE Financial instrument
Environmental and Governance Program LIFE 16/ENV/NL/000271