Biotech firm Carbios is establishing the world’s first PET bio recycling plant with a processing capacity of 50,000 tons of post-consumer PET waste per year which will generate 150 direct and indirect jobs in the region.
The plant will use the company’s proprietary depolymerization technology for the processing of textile waste. The plant will be built in Longlaville in the Grand-Est Region of France on a 13.7-hectare site adjacent to the existing PET production plant of its strategic partner, Indorama Ventures (IVL).
According to Carbios, the facility, which is scheduled for a 2025 start-up, will play a major role in the fight against textile and plastic pollution. The plant will use its disruptive enzymatic depolymerization technology that enables the efficient and solvent-free recycling of PET plastic and textile waste into virgin-like products with the aim of achieving ‘true circularity’. It has ambitious plans to become a leading technology provider in the advanced recycling of PET by 2035.
While announcing the latest stage of the process, Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of Carbios said the plant will offer an alternative raw material to virgin fossil-based monomers, allowing PET producers, chemical companies, waste management firms, public entities, and brands to have an effective solution to meet regulatory requirements and fulfill their sustainability commitments.
He thanked the French state and the municipality of Longlaville for their support throughout the administrative procedure and for their commitment to issuing the operating and building permits in 10 months.
Carbios says the plant is designed to maximize circularity, with high-quality output products, and minimize its environmental footprint, especially with regard to energy consumption. Work is also underway to further increase the recycling of water required for the process.
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