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Site Zero in Sweden becomes the largest and most modern plastic recycling plant in the world

Posted By : Fiona Fernandes   |   Date : Sep 16 2021 12:42 PM

Site Zero in Sweden becomes the largest and most modern plastic recycling plant in the world

Plastics is a significant material in our day-to-day life because of its unique properties. In the present day the world would not exist without plastics. It is important to recycle plastics to ensure we live up to the ethics of circular economy and avoid any negative impact to the climate.  

Swedish Plastic Recycling (Svensk Plaståtervinning), which is owned by a large part of the Swedish business community, is now investing heavily in building the world's largest and most modern facility for plastic recycling, ‘Site Zero’. Site zero is located in the Motala Business Park (owned by Swedish Plastic Recycling) and spread across 60,000 sqm of area. The facility will be able to recycle all plastic packaging from Swedish households and make plastics circular – completely without any CO2 emissions. The Swedish Plastic Recycling is investing a record SEK 1 billion in the state-of-the-art facility that will be completed in 2023. The existing facility in Motala, which is already the most efficient in Europe, that is now being developed with next-generation technology.

They plan to double their capacity and will be able to handle 200,000 tonnes of plastic packaging per year. This creates the conditions needed for receiving and eventually recycle all plastic packaging from Swedish households, says Mattias Philipsson, CEO of Swedish Plastic Recycling. 

With the discovery of cutting-edge technology, it is now possible to recycle practically all types of plastic. At present their facility can manage four types of plastic – in the future Site Zero will make it possible to sort and recycle twelve different types of plastics. Any small parts of plastic that remain after the sorting process are separated to be sent to chemical recycling, or to become new composite products. At Site Zero, zero packaging goes to incineration.  

As of today, there is no other facility in the world that has that capability. They are also preparing for washing and granulation of the plastic in phase two, which is planned for 2025, after that the entire plastic flow in Sweden can become circular, explains Mattias Philipsson.

Site Zero will be completely climate neutral with zero emissions. The facility is powered by renewable energy, and the small amount of plastic and other waste that cannot be recycled will be sent to energy recovery without climate emissions, so-called CCS (Carbon Capture Storage). The company also plans to produce renewable energy by covering the building’s large flat roof with solar panels.

This investment creates the prerequisites needed for making Sweden a world leader in plastic recycling. Being able to do it together with their producer customers and owners, who consist of large parts of the Swedish business community.


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