Disposal company Rumpke to supply PET waste for first recycling plant in the US
In the future, coloured and opaque PET packaging waste will serve as the raw material for Eastman’s (Kingsport, Tennessee, USA; www.eastman.com) almost completed methanolysis depolymerisation plant in Kingsport. Compatriot firm Rumpke (Colerain, Ohio; www.rumpke.com), one of the largest US waste disposal companies by its own account, is to supply the planned 110,000 t of pre-sorted waste annually.

Both companies recently concluded a corresponding supply contract for the waste that was previously considered non-recyclable.

Thermoformed medical technology packaging made from Eastar recycled polyester (Photo: Eastman)

Eastman – known for copolyesters used to produce high-quality packaging, films, and sheets – said it intends to extract monomers such as dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) for future polyester primary products from household waste once the plant is operational, which is expected to happen in a few weeks. It should then be possible to produce new packaging from the primary material. A second depolymerisation plant in the US is already being considered.

Related: Eastman selects site in France for polyester fibre and PET waste reclaim plant

The company is following a similar path in France, where PET beverage bottles are to be recycled from 2025, together with Canadian company Loop Industries (Terrebonne, Quebec; www.loopindustries.com). Both want to invest up to USD 1 bn (EUR 926 mn) in a corresponding facility near Le Havre. Supply agreements for raw materials have been concluded with Interzero (Berlin; www.interzero.de/en) among others.
22.02.2024 Plasteurope.com [254676-0]
Published on 22.02.2024
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