EPC Group presented the CreaSolv® Process for Recycling of Polystyrene Waste to the European EPS / XPS Industry
Latest technology to solve a major waste problem: The PolyStyreneLoop (PSL) Cooperative has officially presented the CreaSolv® Process to the European EPS and XPS industry. The technology, which was accepted by the UN Basel convention as the best one available for the pretreatment of waste containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs), is sub-licensed by the German company EPC Engineering & Technologies GmbH, a member of EPC Group. The first plant equipped using this technology will be built in the Netherlands and is expected to begin operations in 2018. “The event was a great success,” said Karol Kerrane, Business Development Director at EPC Engineering & Technologies. “We were able to present the technology, its many advantages and the positive impact it will have on the environment, while still being economically feasible, to a large and influential audience. We are now very much looking forward to the first plant, which will be another major step forward to a circular economy and closed-loop recycling of polystyrene.” The CreaSolv® Process was presented during an inauguration event, organized by the PSL Cooperative, a non-profit organization under Dutch law, which aims to build the first large-scale demo plant for the recycling of polystyrene insulation foam waste. The plant will demonstrate the feasibility of the closed-loop solution offered by the CreaSolv® Process. The plant is expected to begin running in 2018 and will treat up to 3,300 tons of polystyrene waste per year. The cooperative counts more than 50 members and supporters from the whole polystyrene foam value chain, e.g. PS foam manufacturers and raw material and additives suppliers. About the CreaSolv® Process The two German companies EPC Engineering & Technologies GmbH and the CreaCycle GmbH developed this polystyrene recycling process in collaboration with the renowned Fraunhofer Institute (IVV Freising). Recycling plants which are equipped with this technology can recycle any type of polystyrene waste – regardless of the contamination degree of the material. With this technology the target plastic is dissolved with a solvent formulation. The liquid is then filtrated and cleansed in numerous steps. The outcome is ultrapure polystyrene which can then be processed into granulates. The end product is odorless, has virtually no residue and can be used without major limitations. The CreaSolv® Process reduces our carbon footprint Polystyrene is obtained from crude oil. Because of this the recycling of this plastic is not only worthwhile, but also necessary regarding the preservation of our natural resources. Through this recycling process our natural resources are conserved and the environment is protected. According to TÜV Rhineland (the German technical inspection association) the CreaSolv® method emits up to 50 percent less carbon dioxide compared to the incineration of the polystyrene waste. Also the UN Basel convention calls this process the best available technology for the pretreatment of waste contaminated with POPs. This new recycling technology is ready for use and can also be integrated into existing recycling plants.