Europe mixed plastic waste supply to further tighten – EuropePosted on January 11, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
The European mixed plastic waste market is expected to further tighten in 2022 amid growing use of mixed-polyolefins grades by mechanical recyclers and increased use of refuse derived fuel (RDF)-suitable reject bales by pyrolysis-based chemical recyclers, according to Mark Victory, senior recycling editor at ICIS.
Mechanical recyclers are increasingly exploring the use of mixed-polyolefins waste as a feedstock, amid record high recycled polyethylene (R-PE) and recycled polypropylene (R-PP) pellet prices and structural shortages of mono-sorted R-PE and R-PP waste.
“New sorting capacity from waste managers and recyclers targeting the use of mixed-polyolefins waste, is due to come on stream in 2022,” according to Victory.
“This is not the first time that mechanical recyclers have explored mixed plastic waste as a feedstock, with previous attempts unsuccessful because low yields and the complexity of sorting material made the process economically unviable.”