Construction in Lommel of the fifth new plastics recycling centre to begin soon
We are proud to announce the construction of a new recycling plant for plastic packaging from the blue bag. Fost Plus has signed a contract for the purpose with Morssinkhof Plastics, part of the Morssinkhof Rymoplast Group, which is a family firm specializing in plastic recycling. This is the fifth new recycling plant for plastic packaging in Belgium. The plant, which is being built in Lommel, will be operational in October 2024, and will recycle polypropylene (PP) (such as butter tubs and ready-meal trays) and polyethylene (such as shampoo and milk bottles and flasks) packaging into raw materials for producing new packaging.
Packaging plays an important role in the storage and protection of consumables and food. At the same time, it is important that they be recycled so that the materials are given a second life. The new plant in Lommel will recycle around 40,000 tonnes of plastic packaging per year into granulates or recycled plastic pellets. Fost Plus will provide 24,000 tonnes from the PMD bags of Belgian families.
100% return to packaging
The new recycling centre processes PP packaging (such as ready-meal trays and butter tubs or yoghurt cups) and HDPE packaging (such as milk, shampoo, laundry detergent or shower gel bottles and flasks). Morssinkhof has committed to delivering recycled materials of such high quality that all of it can be used to produce new packaging. And as much as possible for the Belgian market.
Investing in a sustainable local circular economy
The new plant, involving an investment of 30 million euros, is being built in the Kristalpark III industrial zone in Lommel. The site is managed and developed by the Limburg investment society LRM and the city of Lommel. The location offers added strategic value, given the opening up of the province of Limburg as a whole and of the industrial zone in particular via road, rail and waterways. There will be synergies with the other site of Morssinkhof Rymoplast enabling an efficient operation and swift start of the new factory. What’s more, the presence of the largest solar park in the Benelux, with more than 300,000 solar panels, inspires a sustainable operation.
The arrival of the new recycling centre will create 65 new jobs. The plant will cover a total area of 4.1 hectares, and will be operational in October 2024.
This recycling contract is the latest of five high tech recycling centres spread across Belgium, three of which are already operational. These five new recycling centres will enable more than 75% of plastic packaging material to be recycled in our country by 2025.