To be built in the Bang Phli district near Bangkok, the plant will process polyethylene film collected from across the region. Construction works are expected to be completed by mid-2020.
The plant will be equipped with an advanced water treatment system that minimises water usage and will meet the highest level of local environmental standards, Suez says.
Part of the energy used by the plant is powered by roof top solar panels to ‘further improve the site’s environmental footprint’, the company added.
It is hoped that the facility will contribute towards Thailand’s 2030 target to achieve 100% recycling of the plastic it uses.
Suez is also building a waste-to-energy plant in the country through a joint-venture agreement with WHA Utilities and Power Plc and Glow Energy Plc – named Chonburi Clean Energy.
Commenting on the announcement of the plastics processing plant, Ana Giros, the company’s senior executive VP group in charge of the international division, said: “In Thailand two million tons of plastic waste are produced per year and only a quarter is recycled. As a leader in plastics recycling in Europe, Suez will fully utilise its technological expertise to support the country in meeting its objective of reducing plastic waste, thus contributing to oceans’ preservation.”
“As a leader in plastics recycling in Europe, Suez will fully utilise its technological expertise to support the country in meeting its objective of reducing plastic waste, thus contributing to oceans’ preservation.”
Suez operates a total of nine plastic recycling plants worldwide, with a total processing capacity of around 400,000 tonnes of material per year.
In 2018, Suez opened a facility in Maastricht, Holland, as a joint venture with the plastics and chemicals company LyondellBasell to process HDPE and PP plastics. Upon opening, the plant had the capacity to process around 25,000 tonnes of material (see letsrecycle.com story).
Other facilities include a plastic PET bottle recycling plant at Limay, Île-de-France, which has the capacity to produce around 30,000 tonnes of rPET pellets.