The largest plastic recycling plant in the world will be built in Normandy

Good economic news is linked on the Seine axis. After announcing exclusive negotiations with the Dubai AKS on the installation of one of the largest sugar factories in Europe in the port of Rouen (Seine-Maritime), it is the turn of the American Eastman, who wants to build in Port-Jérôme-sur. -Seine (Seine-Maritime), the largest plastic recycling plant in the world.

160,000 tons of recycled polyester per year

An investment of 850 million euros, which according to the company could enable the creation of 350 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs by 2025. XXL industrial tool that will “recycle around 160,000 tons of polyester waste per year”, according to the Normandy region, which is pleased that the project is “apart from gigafactory in Douais, the largest foreign investment in France in the last 30 years”.

If the site was chosen to compete with two others in France, it is because it has several advantages, according to a press release from a Tennessee-based company that employs 14,000 people worldwide: and the infrastructure needed for operations of this scale “.

Household packaging and textile waste

The future Eastman plant will be supplied with polyester packaging waste and textile waste, which is now difficult to recycle and generally incinerate. It will turn them into recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which can be used in many industries, as shown by the list of companies that have already signed declarations of multi-year supply contracts from the Normandy site: LVMH Beauty, The Estée Lauder, Clarins, Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal and Danone.

With this announcement, Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine confirms its status as a circular economy, as two other plastics recycling projects are to be implemented there: the British Plastic Energy project, which is under construction, and the Canadians project. from Loop Industrie, who plan to invest € 250 million in a plant that should employ 180 people from 2025.

Elliot Frost

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