Plastic to Fuel! New Facility Will be World First in Powering Transport
Handy Shipping Guide | May 09, 2018
The Port of Amsterdam has begun the construction of a new facility that will convert non-recyclable plastic into fuel for the transport sector, estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 57,000 tonnes per year. The project, by Dutch company Bin2Barrel, which focuses on the development of plastic-to-fuel projects, will see synthetic materials that could not be reused otherwise, now become reusable in a useful application, while at the same time offering a more sustainable alternative for traditional transport fuels. The ultimate goal is the application of the produced substances in the production of new synthetic materials, in other words chemical recycling. This brings the mission of Bin2Barrel fully in line with the targets of the Dutch government, which recently added chemical recycling to its national waste management plan. The plant will be built in collaboration with Port of Amsterdam and is expected to be up and running by the end of this year. The plant, which has been made possible by an investment of approximately €28 million, will aim to produce more than 30 million litres of fuel per year out of 35,000 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic. The flow of non-recyclable plastic comes from Dutch waste collectors and processors, who would otherwise just burn waste for lack of any other applications. In the combustion of the produced fuel, the return on energy is nearly three times higher (80%) than indirect burning of plastic in waste incinerators (33%).