“With this enormous step forward Ioniqa makes a worldwide contribution to the circular economy in one go,” says Tonnis Hooghoudt, founder and CEO of Ioniqa. “Taking in and upcycling all types of PET plastics at this scale (including coloured PET), into high-grade raw materials for food grade packaging, can even make us close the oil tap for making new plastics!”
During this summer the first batches of PET plastic waste are being taken in and processed at the 10-kiloton plant. Further refinements will ensure an optimal operational capacity during this year.
“The future for plastic packaging is looking very positive”, Tonnis Hooghoudt adds. “From hereon we will apply the process to other plastics including synthetic fibres, possibly even to bio-plastics. This will ultimately contribute to us providing a cleaner and healthier environment for the future generation.”