Carbios Obtains Permits for World's First PET Biorecycling Plant

26.10.2023 - Carbios announces that it has been granted the building permit and operating authorization for the world’s first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) biorecycling plant, allowing construction to start.

The facility is set to be constructed in Longlaville, France, adjacent to strategic partner Indorama Ventures' PET production plant. Expected to be operational by 2025, this facility will address plastic pollution by offering industrial-scale enzymatic recycling for PET waste. Carbios' technology supports PET circularity, offering an eco-friendly alternative to virgin fossil-based materials. With a processing capacity of 50,000 tons of post-consumer PET waste per year, it can create 150 jobs and assist various industries in meeting regulatory and sustainability requirements.

Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of Carbios commented “Everything is now in place so that construction of our plant can officially begin! We obtained the permits in line with the announced schedule, and we are eager to deliver a facility of great local and international significance for a circular economy of plastic."

The plant, strategically located near the borders of Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg, benefits from convenient waste supply. Carbios' biorecycling technology processes complex waste and produces food-grade products, enhancing supply flexibility. Carbios and Indorama Ventures will collaborate to ensure a steady feedstock supply for the Longlaville plant. The supply potential could reach 400,000 tons by 2023 and up to 500,000 tons by 2030 with improved selective collection.



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