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This week CuRe has been launched by Cumapol, DSM-Niaga and Morssinkhof. The partnership kicks-off with a pilot plant, to prove the technical and financial sustainability of a new technology for polyester recycling. The goal is to recycle used polyester waste streams in polyester suitable for high demanding applications like carpets, textile and food packaging.
Editorial office / Emmen

CuRe Polyester Recycling Technology allows us to treat any type of used polyester, remove the color and turn it back into clear pellets with the same properties as virgin. Used polyester recycled with the CuRe technology is food grade, and therefore it can be applied again in any typical polyester application.

This is a big difference with existing polyester recycling techniques, that require a relatively clean waste stream of clear or light blue polyester bottles. For that reason colored polyesters or mixed polyesters (i.e. carpet, textile and food packaging) often lack the economic feasibility for recycling, and still end up at landfill or incineration.

Continuous process

The CuRe pilot plant will enable a continuous polyester recycling process for post consumer and post industry polyester waste streams – including packaging materials and textile products – and cleans the original plastic material from contaminants and color. The CuRe pilot line should be operational this summer.

Next to the recycling companies Cumapol and Morssinkhof from Emmen (Drenthe) and DSM Niaga from Geleen (Limburg), also the two Universities of Applied Science (NHL Stenden and Windesheim) joined in Green PAC and DuFor Polyester specialties support the new initiatief. Other partners are still welcome.