Chemical company Sabic and Plastic Energy, a specialist in chemical plastics recycling, have made plans to build a facility to increase production of certified circular polymers.

The companies say that this will be the world’s first commercial unit of its kind, based in Geleen, the Netherlands. The project will be realized under a 50-50 joint venture called SABIC Plastic Energy Advanced Recycling BV (SPEAR).

‘Advancements in this pioneering project take us one step closer to driving the change needed to become a circular global industry,’ said Fahad Al Swailem, VP at Sabic. ‘We have overcome significant external, global challenges to reach this important milestone and remain fully committed to closing the loop on used plastic.’

The circular polymers can be made using Plastic Energy’s recycling technology to convert low quality, mixed, and used plastic, otherwise destined for incineration or landfill, into a plastic feedstock, which is then used by Sabic in their production process as an alternative to traditional fossil materials to create new circular polymers.

This story uses material from Sabic, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.