Total explores new routes for post-consumer recycled polystyrene in the circular economy world
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Total has just completed an industrial scale test run, following a series of pilot plant trials, demonstrating the feasibility of sustainable incorporation of about 20% of post-consumer recycled polystyrene within virgin polystyrene. The trial, which was carried out on an existing production asset, successfully led to product with properties equivalent to virgin polymer
ôPolystyrene is one ofátheáeasiest polymers toárecycle,ö explains Jean Viallefont, Vice President Polymer Europe. ôOur success highlights thatápolystyrene, which naturally provides outstanding performance forávarious applications, willábe aásignificant contributor toátheáCircular Economy. It is unquestionably anáinnovative way toáenlarge theáaccessible market forárecycled polystyrene andátoáconvert aálarge volume ofápost-consumer waste.ö
Based onáthis encouraging result, Totaláis launching new developments toámanage contamination ofárecycled streams. Theáobjective is toácreate aárobust process ináorder toáhandle complexápolystyrene waste streams thatácan be implemented onáour different existing production lines.