SUEZ opens its first recycling plant in Thailand dedicated to reversing plastic pollution crisis in Asia
The world produces 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, and 50% of it is used as packaging . Globally, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the ocean, of which Southeast Asia is a major contributor. In Thailand, only about one quarter of its 2 million tonnes of plastic waste is recycled per year.
To tackle plastic pollution and protect the oceans, the SUEZ Circular Polymer Plant recycles low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic. It is one of Thailand’s largest LDPE recycling plants and operates in the highest level of compliance. It is strongly supported by the experience of specialists from PLAST lab®, SUEZ’s innovative plastic laboratory dedicated to plastic recycling located in France, that allows the plant to qualify, characterise, measure and formulate new recycled plastics to fit customer’s specific needs.
The plant converts 30,000 tonnes of Thailand’s plastic packaging waste into high quality post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic as a long-term solution to the plastic pollution crisis, producing quality secondary materials for the plastic industry. The plant is also equipped with one of the highest water reuse rates for recycling plants in Thailand, avoiding 35,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, equivalent to planting 1.5 million trees.
On this occasion, SUEZ has entered into a strategic partnership with Chemicals Business, SCG, a key industrial player in integrated petrochemical companies in Asia. The partnership will allow SCG, with its solid marketing and business management experience, to help distribute the recycled plastics to brand owners and manufacturers in Southeast Asia.
Plastics recycling is a key market for SUEZ. Each year, SUEZ processes nearly 400,000 tonnes of plastic waste in nine specialist facilities around the world and produces 150,000 tonnes of circular polymers. The Group is one of the founding members of the international Alliance to End Plastic Waste, and part of Thailand’s Public Private Partnership for Sustainable Plastic and Waste Management (Thai PPP Plastics) to collaborate with stakeholders to help protect the ocean and conserve the environment.
The opening of this new plant is in line with the Group’s strategic plan “Shaping SUEZ 2030” and development strategy in Southeast Asia, where it has been supporting countries in response to a rapidly growing population and new environmental challenges.