Construction has started on a new facility in the Port of Amsterdam that will convert non-recyclable plastics into fuel for the transport sector.
The €28m plant will be operated by startup Bin2Barrel — a Dutch company focused on the development of plastics-to-oil projects — and will produce more than 30 million litres of fuel per year using 35,000 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic.
The plastic to be processed will be sourced from Dutch waste collection companies, which would otherwise burn or landfill the material for lack of useful applications. Though the resulting fuel has the potential to be used across a number of sectors, Bin2Barrel will initially sell it to the maritime industry.
The processing of non-recyclable plastics in the new plant will lead to an annual CO2 emissions reduction of 57,000 tonnes when compared to current waste handling procedures.
“Bin2Barrel introduces innovative and badly needed technology that will enable us to make use of a currently non-recyclable flow of waste in a manner that makes perfect sense,” says Roon van Maanen, head of circular & renewable industry at the Port of Amsterdam.
“By creating a new product from an otherwise problematic waste product, Bin2Barrel fits perfectly within the mission of Port of Amsterdam to facilitate energy transition as well as transition to a circular economy.”
Eventually, Bin2Barrel hopes to build four of its processing plants in the Port of Amsterdam and shift its focus to extracting valuable chemical components from plastics, rather than producing fuels.