Braskem invests R $ 67 million in recycling line with German technology

3 December 2020

Committed to the circular carbon neutral economy, Braskem announces an important investment to expand its portfolio of post-consumer resins (PCR). In partnership with Valoren, a company specialized in the development and operation of technologies for the transformation of waste, the company will invest R $ 67 million in the construction of a recycling line with the capacity to transform around 250 million packages into 14 thousand tons of resin. high-quality post-consumer products per year. The project will be installed in Indaiatuba, in the interior of the state of São Paulo, and is scheduled to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fabiana Quiroga, director of Circular Economy at Braskem in South America, explains that technology is a great ally to leverage recycling in Brazil and, consequently, the post-consumer polymer market. "The rates of waste recovery have grown gradually in recent years and we believe that, among the challenges that the sector still faces, the increase in the quality of PCR resin, which expands its possibilities of use, is an important factor for us to continue advancing in development We are very pleased to announce the partnership with Valoren, which will add to our business, its expertise in waste management and supply, in addition to the development of technologies for recycling, favoring the entire plastic value chain ", he says.  

Most of the waste processed in the recycling line will be of domestic origin, considering rigid polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) materials, such as food packaging, cleaning materials, personal hygiene products and cosmetics. The material, after being processed, will produce a high quality PCR.

The recycling line will be formed by a modular complex, that is, that integrates different stages of the process. The plastic waste placed at the beginning of the process will go through the grinding, washing, extrusion and homogenization steps. The design of the project is unprecedented and the machinery has cutting edge European technology, complemented by national equipment.

Among the project's differentials are: high performance washing line, with optical selector for removing contaminants by color and by type of material; homogenizing silos; high-precision additive and input dosing systems; and, module for odor elimination and high performance polymer filtration, which will contribute to the quality of the final PCR. The system also seeks to meet the best sustainability practices, with recirculating water treatments, to optimize water and energy resources. In addition, the project reinforces Braskem's commitment to adopting best practices in pellet control - the format in which plastic resin is marketed.

"We strongly believe in this partnership with Braskem by contributing to the development of an innovative project, which brings to Brazil the best in the world of mechanical recycling technology, fully aligned with Valoren's mission of expanding the circular economy through the valorization of waste, applying innovative technologies and business models.The project is not only technological and economical, but also environmental and social by integrating a new material supply chain into the new plant that will promote an increase in the recycling of plastic waste and the professionalization of recyclers in Brazil ", comments Heinz-Peter Elstrodt, Chairman of Valoren's Board.

"Braskem was born with sustainable development as an objective linked to the business and the circular economy has always been part of our mindset . We believe in the importance of mobilizing all the links in the chain, from industry to the final consumer, so that we can move forward in the transformation we desire while This recycling line is another important step in the construction of this journey ", concludes Fabiana.

Contribution of plastic to neutralize carbon emissions

Largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and a world leader in the production of biopolymers, Braskem announced, in November, the expansion of its efforts to become a carbon neutral company by 2050. To achieve this goal, the company's strategy considers reduction initiatives , carbon offset and capture.

Among the defined goals, the company intends, by 2030, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% and expand its I'm greenT portfolio, which considers products with a focus on circular economy, to include, by 2025, 300 thousand tons of thermoplastic resins and chemicals with recycled content; reaching 1 million tons of these products by 2030. In addition, the company will work to ensure that in the next ten years there is an adequate disposal of 1.5 million tons of plastic waste.

Braskem's initiatives for the coming decades are aligned with the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations (UN), its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and with the Paris Agreement to control the impacts of climate change. Get to know Braskem's manifesto at .

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