Circular Economy Borealis to Develop Unique Advanced Mechanical Recycling Plant
Borealis has plans to utilize its Borcycle M technology in the development of a unique, first-of-its-kind commercial-scale advanced mechanical recycling plant in Schwechat, Austria. The plant is expected to produce over 60 kilo tonnes of circular solutions and compounds annually and will commence operations in 2025.
Vienna/Austria – Borealis is designing a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale advanced mechanical recycling plant to be located in Schwechat, Austria. The plant will be based on Borealis’ own Borcycle M technology, which transforms polyolefin-based post-consumer waste into high-performance polymers suitable for demanding applications. This represents another tangible step forward on Borealis’ path to net zero.
The new plant will have capacity to produce over 60 kilo tonnes of advanced mechanical recycled polyolefin solutions and compounds per year. For customers and end-consumers, this will mean an increase in the availability of high-quality recycled plastic products.
The decision was based on positive feedback from the market on recycled polyolefins delivered by a demonstration plant based on the same technology. This plant was located in Lahnstein, Germany and operated by Borealis, Tomra and Zimmerman.
Mechanical recycling plays a key role in Borealis’ approach to achieving circularity, as shown in the integrated cascade model. The new plant will expand Borealis’ capabilities in this area, following on from the acquisitions of plastic recyclers mtm plastics in 2016, and Ecoplast Kunstoffrecycling in 2018.
The front-end engineering design (Feed) stage for the plant will be carried out by Nextchem. Upon successful completion of the Feed phase, Borealis expects to take a final investment decision in the second half of 2023 and start construction by the end of 2023. The first volumes of recycled polyolefin products are expected in 2025.
The plant will support Borealis to deliver on its sustainability commitments, which target a supply capacity of 600 kilo tonnes of circular products and solutions globally by 2025, further increased to 1.8 million tonnes by 2030.