Low energy recycling solution for colored polyester
Polyester is one of the most commonly used plastics. It is used for products like bottles, carpets and clothes, and brings endless benefits. But it has a huge downside. We are faced with a constantly growing waste mountain. Currently 91% of all polyester products are not being recycled, because they are colored or contaminated or contain additives. The result: 64 billion kilograms of waste all over the world, year after year.
So what if we could recycle all polyester?
Including the colored, mixed and contaminated waste?
And rejuvenate used polyester up to 100%?
For high value applications?
For new bottles, shirts, carpets and seatbelts?
Not once, but every single time?
What if we could overcome the boundaries and disadvantages
of down-cycling and high energy recycling?
What if we could turn a huge problem into huge possibilities?
What if we could find a real CuRe?
And that is exactly what we found! Together with Cumapol, DSM-Niaga, DuFor and Morssinkhof, in close collaboration with NHL Stenden University, we discovered a smarter and scalable solution. To create a fully circular polyester chain.
We call our new technology CuRe
We want to CuRe any type of used polyester by removing the color and converting it into clear pellets with the same properties as virgin grade polyester. CuRe Technology, has strong own core technology and also allows for modular add on other technologies, giving us flexibility to choose the best route depending on the type of polyester waste. We have already joined labscale experience, capabilities and forces and we are building a pilot plant in Emmen for rapid scale-up, projected to start further testing in January 2020. The pilot plant will have a capacity of 20 kg/hr in a continuous process. As soon as the CuRe Technology is validated and tested we will use this know-how to convert the existing 25 kta polymerization line in Emmen to use this revolutionary technology.
It’s time for bold action and to start the movement to CuRe polyester waste. Our aim is to look for partnerships all over the world, not only to improve the technology, but also to share know-how of how we produce, use and collect polyester products. And for vision building and collaboration on the integration of local polyester recycling facilities. Local solutions on a global scale. Together we create and accelerate our positive impact. We can not CuRe on our own.
To recycle infinitely.
Again and again and again.
Creating a fully circular polyester chain.
Join the polyester recycle revolution!