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Swedish PlasticRecyling is investing about € 100 million (SEK 1 billion) in building the world’s largest and most modern facility for plastic recycling: Site Zero in Motala, about 250 kilometers southwest of Stockholm.
Editorial office / Motala

The facility will be able to recycle 200,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from Swedish households (double of the current capacity) and make plastics circular without any CO2 emissions.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology it will be possible to recycle practically all types of plastic. Today the facility can manage four types of plastic. In the future Site Zero will make it possible to sort and recycle twelve different types, including PP, HDPE, LDPE, PET tray, coloured and transparent PET bottles, PP film, EPS, PS, PVC and two grades of Polyolefin mix. Zero packaging goes to incineration.

There is today no other facility in the world that has that capability. The company is also preparing for washing and granulation of the plastic in phase two, which is planned for 2025. This will make the entire plastic flow in Sweden circular.

Zero emissions

Site Zero will be completely climate neutral with zero emissions. The facility is powered by renewable energy, and the small amount of plastic and other waste that cannot be recycled will be sent to energy recovery without climate emissions, so-called CCS (Carbon Capture Storage). There are also plans to produce renewable energy by covering the building’s large flat roof with solar panels.

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) contributes with a financing of about € 18 million (more than SEK 180 million) through the climate investment aid programme: Klimatklivet.

Image: Swedish PlasticsRecycling/Gryt Film