Styrenics industry takes up the circular economy challenge

A joint industry initiative to drive the shift to a more circular economy for polystyrene, EPS and other styrenics based plastics has announced its incorporation. 

The organisation is Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS) and its four founding members, INEOS Styrolution, Total, Trinseo and Versalis (Eni), signed the SCS incorporation agreement in Brussels.

Styrenics have great potential for circularity and the industry is developing technologies that will enable polystyrene, EPS and other styrenic based plastics to be fully recycled so that they can be used again and again in high-quality applications. The ultimate goal for the industry is to achieve this with food contact styrenics. 

SCS wants to welcome new members across the styrenics value chain and waste management stream. The organisation is expected to place a strong focus on engaging waste collection and sorting partners to recover more polystyrene and EPS-based products, aware that waste stream volumes of relevant quality and its high-tech recycling processes.

Jens Kathmann, Secretary General of SCS, said: “Today’s signing marks an important milestone of our voluntary pledge. The potential for polystyrene recycling is enormous. We know that polystyrene has an unparalleled capacity for closed-loop recycling, when properly collected and sorted.”

Mr Kathmann went on to explain that SCS will welcome partners across the entire value chain, including recyclers, waste management companies, converters and brand owners, to join SCS to link waste streams to innovative recycling technologies.

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