PSLoop positive example
The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, as part of the transition towards a more circular economy, was adopted by the European Commission on January 16th 2018.
Accompanying documents to the Strategy are amongst others:
• A Communication on a European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy;
• A Communication on the Interface between Chemicals, Products and Waste
The PolyStyreneLoop project is highlighted as a positive example in the Staff Working Documents of both documents, observing: “A more promising approach consists in dissolving the plastic waste and separating the polymer from the (toxic) additive. A demo plant is applying this technique to recycle polystyrene waste that is contaminated with the banned flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), obtaining a clean polymer that can be used in the production of new plastics and the contaminated HBCD waste stream that has to be treated and the bromine is recovered.” (p. 25and p. 97).