This solution will be a blueprint for a new generation of infrastructure and investment to significantly boost the transition to a circular economy, providing high quality recycled materials from household waste for use in a range of circular products in high demand
The Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX) and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Alliance), with support from consultants Roland Berger and HTP Engineering, today announced a collaboration to demonstrate a commercial scale solution to address hard-to-recycle flexible plastic derived from household waste. The ValueFlex model, based on a concept developed by CEFLEX, integrates state-of-the-art sorting with high-quality processing in a modular and flexible approach to maximise value from flexible plastic packaging waste.
Having proven the ValueFlex concept for recycling post-consumer flexible plastic waste through extensive semi-industrial trials, the project is now moving to the next phase of development—to demonstrate the solution at commercial scale. To achieve this, the Alliance and CEFLEX are inviting expressions of interest (EOI) to partner in developing a first-generation ValueFlex facility, with a 50,000-tonne annual processing capacity. The plant will be based in Europe and aims to be operational by 2025.
According to the pre-feasibility study conducted by Roland Berger, the solution will be a key enabler to meet market demand2 for high quality post-consumer recyclates from mechanical recycling and to provide fit-for-purpose feedstocks for chemical recycling. The study further demonstrates a positive business case that is expected to catalyse further investment in sorting and recycling solutions for flexible packaging. This first-generation commercial implementation will provide a blueprint for replication.
Through its support for the ValueFlex concept, the Alliance is demonstrating its commitment to developing and de-risking solutions to acute challenges that can then be scaled by industry and deployed across the world.
By improving the value and flexibility of sorting and recycling processes for polyolefin-based flexible packaging, we can support market demand for high quality post-consumer recyclates from mechanical recycling and feedstocks for chemical recycling,” said Martyn Tickner, Chief Advisor for Circular Solutions at the Alliance.
“Today, we have a fresh technical and operational proposal and are launching a call for expressions of interest for investors and partners to build and operate a first-generation commercial-scale ValueFlex plant. Together, the project partners will work with successful bidders providing expertise and relevant support to make it happen,” said Dana Mosora, Workstream Consultant at CEFLEX.
The application window for EOI opens on 1 November 2022 for interested parties. For more information visit https://endplasticwaste.org/en/our-stories/expression-of-interest-valueflex
2Increasing by >15% compound annual growth rate until 2030