Plastics

See how the Dutch are closing the loop for plastics. Experience how trash becomes cash by extracting plastics from municipal waste, recycling the plastics for uptake in products from companies like Philips and Wavin. Learn from the collaborative approach from designers, producers, consumers, government and waste managers.

“If we don’t change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050. We must stop plastics getting into our water, our food, and even our bodies. The only long-term solution is to reduce plastic waste by recycling and reusing more. This is a challenge that citizens, industry and governments must tackle together”.
– Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the EU Commission

Topics:

  • Prevention
  • Increasing use of renewable materials
  • High value recycling
  • Microplastics (in clothing, cosmetics, etc)
  • Marine litter

Examples of best practices:

Van Werven Plastic Recycling: clean plastics as raw materials
Van Werven specialises in creating high-quality raw materials from post-consumer hard plastics, collected from construction waste, industrial waste and municipal recycling centres.

The company has developed techniques, which are able to sort various types of plastics during the recycling process. Van Werven has a separate stand-alone machine for each type of plastic, as every material has its own properties. The company processes around 120,000 tons per year, making it Europe’s largest recycling plant for mixed plastics. Its success can be attributed to its long-term partnerships with major parties for both the input of plastics and the output of high-quality raw materials. This guarantees the flow of materials and the exchange of knowhow leading to improved business practices.

Morsinkhoff plastic recycling
Since the emerging usage of plastics Morssinkhof Rymoplast is a pioneer in plastic recycling. With a production of more than 220,000 tons per year, Morssinkhof Rymoplast is one of Europe’s largest producers of high-grade recycled raw materials. The company serves the European market, ranging from small companies in the plastics processing industry to the world’s largest multinational corporations.

Morssinkhof Rymoplast is a leading supplier of regrinds, regranulates and compounds and also a reliable buyer of sorted post-consumer and post-industrial plastics. Furthermore they help to create closed loops by means of contract processing of plastic scraps to renewed raw materials.

Ioniqa
After six times of mechanical recycling, the quality of plastic material is too low to for reuse. Ioniqua is a high tech chemical company that has developed a technology for infinite recycling of PET bottles, textiles and carpets. Ioniqa is considered a game changer by taking out the colorant and produce virgin PET raw materials at competitive price levels.

Bubble Barrier
Every minute, the equivalent of one full garbage truck of plastic trash is dumped in the sea. That is 1440 trucks per 24 hours and in total 8 billion kilos per year. 80% of those plastics come directly from our use on land. The Great Bubble Barrier catches plastic before it reaches the ocean by using air bubbles. The Bubble Barrier creates a barrier stopping plastics from flowing past, but it also allows fish and ships to pass through the barrier unimpeded. The solution can be used around the clock, everywhere.

Modulo recycling centers
Modulo realizes innovative, modular and circular recycling centres. By applying flexible building techniques, they create user-friendly recycling centres that can be adapted, moved and reused over time, in response to changing legal or physical circumstances. Modulo also advices municipalities and/or other organisations involved in creative and inspiring ways on a daily basis by recommending and developing future-proof, circular recycling centres, all over the world.

Upcycle center Almere
Almere has built a new Upcycle center near to the Floriade, the World Horticultural Expo that will be held in 2022. The Upcycle center makes a positive contribution to the task of Almere in 2020 to be a waste-free and energy neutral city. The centre looks like a shopping mall where you bring your waste, and then to obtain products designed and created from the waste. Old or discarded goods will have a new economic value; a value, which in some cases may be higher than the original value.

Attero
In the Netherlands, Attero is the market leader in processing VGF waste into compost products and sustainable energy and their sales. They are the roots of Attero. They currently have seven sites where they convert nearly half of all Dutch VGF waste into more than 250,000 tonnes of compost. Attero also produces green electricity and green gas from VGF on four of its sites. At several sites they convert organic industrial waste into soil improvers and sustainable energy. The woody fraction that remains after processing organic flows is used as fuel in a biomass power station in Odiliapeel. The produced steam is used to steam peel potatoes in the adjacent factory of PEKA Kroef.