08. July 2019 | Recycling

Ineos and Theo Müller partnering in chemical recycling

Styrenics company Ineos Styrolution and German dairy products provider Theo Müller group of companies are to collaborate on developing a circular solution for polystyrene based on chemical recycling.

Identical properties

The joint project reportedly focuses on the use of polystyrene that is recycled via depolymerisation, a process that converts post-consumer polystyrene waste back to its monomers. According to the companies, the advantage of this process is the generation of high-quality virgin polystyrene ultimately for food-related use. As a result, yoghurt cups made of recycled polystyrene are said to have the identical properties as yoghurt cups made of conventional polystyrene.

Commercial-scale phase starting in 2022

The partners reportedly have agreed on a phased approach with a lab-scale phase to start this year, a pilot-scale phase starting in 2020 and a commercial-scale phase in 2022.

edited by Christiane Lingrön

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