Under the long-term agreement, Interzero will provide 20,000 metric tonnes of hard-to-recycle PET household packaging waste per year to the planned facility in France

Eastman Supply Agreement France

Interzero and Eastman sign long-term supply agreement for molecular recycling facility in France. (Credit: PR Newswire/ Eastman)

Plastics recycling firm Interzero and chemical company Eastman have signed a long-term supply agreement for the latter’s planned molecular recycling facility in Normandy, France.

Under the agreement, Interzero will provide 20,000 metric tonnes of hard-to-recycle PET household packaging waste per year to the facility.

Interzero Plastics Recycling, a division of Interzero, provides plastics recycling solutions and environmental services.

Interzero, based in Germany, is a service provider of circular solutions in Europe and has a close relationship with ALBA Group ASIA, its sister business.

Interzero plastics recycling chief commercial officer Jacco de Haas said: “Eastman is a leader in molecular recycling with decades of innovation expertise.

“Joining forces by combining the leading know-how of Eastman and Interzero is the next step in closing the loop with our partners and a step closer towards a world without waste.

“The world is facing a plastic waste crisis with far too little plastic waste being recycled, either from lack of collection or because it simply cannot be recycled by traditional methods. Eastman’s innovative process and this agreement bring a solution to this.”

Earlier this year, Eastman announced plans to construct a material-to-material molecular recycling facility in France.

Expected to be operational in 2025, the plant will annually recycle around 160,000 tonnes of polyester trash which is difficult to recycle.

The facility will process coloured and opaque PET waste that cannot be recycled mechanically to create clear and transparent rPET upon completion.

Eastman executive vice president and chief commercial officer Brad Lich said: “Interzero and Eastman are committed to reducing plastic waste and creating circularity through collaboration and innovation.

“This agreement marks an important milestone towards Eastman’s investment in France. We are happy to build a strong collaboration in Europe with Interzero to provide a portion of the feedstock needed to successfully operate our facility.

“The collaboration reinforces the complementary nature of mechanical and molecular recycling and the importance of working together to create true circularity.”