In an article published on June 29, 2018, news provider Plastics News Europe (PNE) reported that oil and gas company Total SA, recycling charity Citeo, multinational corporation Saint-Gobain, and the French union of fresh dairy product manufacturers (Syndifrais) have announced a partnership to establish “an industrial-scale polystyrene recycling channel in France” by 2020.

The project will focus on the collection and sorting of post-consumer polystyrene packaging and the development of technical solutions for recycling it. Also, the project aims to identify suitable and affordable uses for the recycled material. Within the first 18 months, the technical and cost feasibility of the project will be validated.

Polystyrene waste from other sources, such as construction, will also be used for recycling. Total, who provides the polystyrene recycling technology, expects the end product “to meet the same specifications as virgin polystyrene,” PNE informed. The project goal is to produce 4,000 metric tons of output that contains at least 20% recycled polystyrene by 2019.

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PNE (June 29, 2018). “Consortium to create “polystyrene recycling channel” in France.