Emballator visited Site Zero at the grand openingPosted 2023-11-23
Our Head of Sustainability (Maria Edqvist Schultz) and Innovation Manager (Mats Jeppsson) visited Site Zero in Motala Business Park last week. This impressive facility, owned by Swedish Plastic Recycling, covers an area of about 60,000 square meters and has an impressive reception capacity of 200,000 tons of plastic packaging annually, making it one of the world’s largest sorting facilities for plastic.
Site Zero is based on groundbreaking technology that doubles capacity and makes it possible to sort 95% of the incoming plastic. In practice, this means that almost all plastic, including packaging with complex materials, can be recycled. Currently, preparations are underway to wash and pelletize the plastic, which is expected to be completed by 2025, enabling a fully circular plastic flow in Sweden.
Swedish Plastic Recycling aims to make Site Zero the first climate-neutral facility of its kind. The facility is already powered entirely by renewable energy, but there are plans to generate all its energy using solar panels on the facility’s roof. Additionally, the minimal waste, including non-recyclable plastic, will be converted into energy without generating carbon dioxide emissions through Carbon Capture Storage (CCS).
The visit provided an inspiring insight into a pioneering facility that not only drives the shift toward a circular plastic economy but also opens doors to a sustainable future in recycling. Our Innovation Manager Mats Jeppsson expressed it as follows:
“Site Zero is truly a significant step towards enabling circularity through sorting where contaminations are minimized, and the recycled plastic material can retain as much value as possible. This is a necessity to avoid the previous linear solutions.”
Site Zero aims to position Sweden as a world-leading nation in plastic recycling through collaboration with producer customers and owners representing significant portions of the Swedish business sector. It is an inspiring investment that transforms the recycling industry and creates a groundbreaking model for sustainability and a circular economy. This broad commitment from various sectors in the business community opens doors to a future where recycling and sustainability become central pillars of societal development. Site Zero truly symbolizes a collective effort to redefine our approach to waste management and enable a more resource-efficient and sustainable world.
Want to know more about Site Zero?
Check out the film below or visit their website here.
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