LyondellBasell and SUEZ increase plastics recycling capacity
LyondellBasell, one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and SUEZ, a world leader in environmental services, today jointly announced the acquisition of TIVACO, a plastics recycling company located in Blandain, Belgium. The company will become part of Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture. With this transaction, QCP will increase its production capacity for recycled materials to approximately 55,000 tonnes per year.
“This latest investment in QCP supports LyondellBasell’s ambition to produce and market 2 million tons per year of recycled and renewable source-based polymers by 2030. Prolonging the plastics lifecycle through recovery, recycling and reuse not only eliminates waste but also produces a product with a lower CO2 footprint,” said Richard Roudeix, Senior Vice President Olefins & Polyolefins, Europe with LyondellBasell. “By adding a new waste stream to the recycling loop, we will be unlocking recycled plastic grades with new characteristics and value that addresses brand owners’ needs for sustainable products.”
The TIVACO facility operates five production lines capable of processing approximately 22,000 tonnes of recycled plastic per year. This acquisition builds on the companies’ 2017 acquisition of QCP, a plastics recycling company in Geleen, The Netherlands which processes approximately 35,000 tonnes of material per year. Today, recycled materials from QCP can be found in consumer products including Samsonite’s S’Cure ECO luggage collection
QCP is committed to ending plastic waste in the environment. The joint venture leverages the two partners’ respective strengths. SUEZ will utilize its leading-edge technology solutions in sorting and recycling to improve the preparation of materials to be recovered at QCP. LyondellBasell will apply its long-standing leadership in innovative plastic production technology, vast experience in product development and deep knowledge of important end markets such as consumer goods, where the company has a strong presence.