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Terneuzen, January 2020

PolyStyreneLoop BV shortlisted for prestigious Plastics Recycling Awards Europe

PolyStyreneLoop BV has been shortlisted for the prestigious Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2020 for “Product Technology Innovation of the Year – improving recyclable plastic products or incorporating recycled materials in product production”.

The award winners will be announced on March 26th, during the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, in RAI Amsterdam.

Jan Noordegraaf, Director and Founder: “This nomination is first of all a recognition for our PolyStyreneLoop team. A lot of hard work has been put in to realise the funding, to develop the technology and now to start building the plant. Simultaneously we are setting up a collection system in several European countries. With the realisation of our demonstration plant, we are the first ever cooperative model on a material level representing the entire polystyrene foam value chain. This proves that polystyrene foam is the most circular insulation material. Next to the already well-established recycling of short cycle packaging and construction cuts offs, we now also have a recycling solution for polystyrene foam from demolition and renovation of buildings. It is the first time in Europe that a 2-step solvent upcycling factory is realised. The CreaSolv® Process we use is a solvent-based purification technology, classified as physical recycling”.

Polystyrene Loop Coöperatief U.A. will build the plant as PolyStyreneLoop BV in Terneuzen, Netherlands. The company sets up a demonstration plant for recycling polystyrene foam construction waste (both EPS and XPS) containing the legacy chemical HBCD and (H)CFC’s. It will separate and destruct the obtained HBCD and will recycle and sell polystyrene beads (PS) compliant to the POP regulation described in the Basel Convention. The separated HBCD will be treated in the Bromine Recovery Unit (BRU) based at ICL, Terneuzen allowing the recovery of elemental bromine and the safe destruction of HBCD. Members of the cooperative will take the 100% recycled PS and will use it again in construction applications, as feedstock for extrusion of EPS beads, or via continuous XPS foaming.

Open to organisations and individuals across Europe who are involved in the recycling of plastic materials, the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe are organised jointly by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and Crain Communications, organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe.

For more information on the awards visit: PRSE Event Europe

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PRESS RELEASE
Terneuzen, December 2019

PolystyreneLoop First spade in the ground

Polystyrene Loop Coöperatief U.A. will build the plant as PolystyreneLoop BV in Terneuzen, Netherlands. The company aims to set up a demonstration plant for recycling polystyrene foam construction waste (both EPS and XPS) containing the legacy chemical HBCD and (H)CFC’s. It will separate and destruct the obtained HBCD and will recycle and sell polystyrene beads (PS) compliant to the POP regulation described in the Basel Convention. The separated bromine, will be destructed in the Bromine recovery unit (BRU) based at ICL, Terneuzen.

The Cooperative has 70+ members and supporters from 18 EU countries, representing the entire polystyrene foam value chain. A new model for value chain cooperation in recycling. EPS construction waste coming from buildings that were insulated with EPS before August 2015 all contain a now banned POP substance, rendering all this EPS unrecyclable. Members of the cooperative will take the 100% recycled EPS and will use it again in construction applications, as feedstock for extrusion of EPS beads, or via continuous XPS foaming. It is the first time in Europe that a 2-step solvent upcycling factory is realised. The purification Process is a Solvent-based Purification and therefore “Physical Recycling”.

The funding was completed with loans from RABO bank, NGF and EUMEPS and more importantly by contributions from our members and supporters listed below.

We made a start with the new common entrance road for PolyStyreneLoop and ICL. First spade by Saskia Goole, Toine Janssen and Lein Tange.

For more information:
Lein Tange , Director PolyStyrene Loop UA
Mob: 0031 651326084
Email: ltange@polystyreneloop.eu

Brussels, May 2018

PolyStyreneLoop recycling group hosts forum on innovative recycling initiative

Supporters of PolyStyreneLoop, the pioneering recycling initiative for polystyrene (PS) foam insulation including expanded and extruded polystyrene (EPS and XPS, respectively), gathered in Brussels on Wednesday 23 May 2018. The Open General Assembly included stakeholders from across the value chain, from producers to recyclers, through to senior representatives of the European Commission.

polystyreneloop.org/news/press-release

Amsterdam, November 2017
Official Launch of the PolyStyreneLoop project: Circular economy in action

On November 7, the PolyStyreneLoop (PSL) Cooperative inaugurated the European EPS/XPS industry’s closed-loop solution for the recycling of polystyrene (PS) insulation foam waste in Amsterdam. This innovative project employs a ground-breaking technology (Creasolv® Process) to dissolve PS foam waste, while also allowing for the extraction and recovery of bromine from the recently restricted flame retardant chemical, HBCD, which can then be used again for the production of new flame retardants.

Mr Paolo Sandri, speaking on behalf of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, explained .... read more ( PDF, 830.1 kB)

Terneuzen, May 2016. In late 2015 a representative group of the European Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) supply chain decided to actively support the implementation of a closed loop recycling method for EPS, the CreaSolv process. Read more in the document enclosed. ( PDF, 259.29 kB)

Signing the junior loan with NGF thanks also to the support of Eumeps. Next step is the buidling and constructing of the PSLoop Demoplant!