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Strategic partnership for more recycled plastics

LyondellBasell and EEW aim to recover more plastics for recycling from incineration waste streams.


Chemical company LyondellBasell and waste-to-energy operator EEW Energy from Waste want to jointly explore waste sorting to recover plastics from incineration waste streams for recycling. To that end, they have signed a joint statement of work to explore a long-term strategic partnership. The potential partnership could include construction of pre-sorting facilities for waste at or near EEW incinerators to separate plastics from waste streams destined for incineration. Investments in sorting facilities to further separate and refine the recovered plastics are also being considered, according to the companies. For LyondellBasell, the collaboration is part of the group's new strategy to invest in advanced sorting infrastructure to produce raw materials from plastic waste, expand its circular economy and low-carbon solutions business, and add value accordingly, it said. Such collaborations across the value chain were increasingly necessary to liberate plastic waste from sources that currently would not end up in recycling, says Yvonne van der Laan, executive vice president, Circular and Low Carbon Solutions, at LyondellBasell (photo: right). According to Bernhard Kemper, Chief Executive Officer of EEW Energy from Waste (photo: left), the collaboration would create a compelling solution for plastic waste for which recycling is currently out of the question. He announced that EEW would first build a sorting plant and sort out plastics to recover them for the raw material cycle.



  • LyondellBasell, (March 27, 2023)
  • Photo: © LyondellBasell Industries

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