Resource management company Geminor will in the coming weeks deliver the first 500 tonnes of LDPE plastic to Quantafuel’s factory in Skive, Denmark. The load represents the beginning of chemical circular economy of waste plastics in Europe.
In March 2019, the technology-based energy company Quantafuel and resource management company Geminor signed an agreement that secures steady shipments of waste plastics for Quantafuel’s chemical recycling plant in Skive. As of this week, the first 500 tonnes of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is ready for delivery. This is a type of plastic often used to produce plastic bags, cling film and similar plastic consumer goods. At the Danish plant, the waste plastic will become chemical feedstock for the production of new and recycled plastic products.
The first plastic waste is collected and treated locally, explains Country Manager of Geminor DK, Kasper Thomsen. The first plastic deliveries come from two suppliers, Danish “Dansk Avfallsminimering” in Randers and “RenoNord” in Aalborg. The plastic we receive is high-quality residual plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled, and is clean enough for chemical recycling. During the start-up phase, Quantafuel needs low-moisture fractions to optimize the operation, says Thomsen.