Tonnis Hooghoudt, Ioniqa’s CEO and Founder, said: “With this colossal step forward, Ioniqa is now the main contributor worldwide to actually closing this loop for PET plastics in the circular economy. Taking in and upcycling all types of PET plastics at this scale (including colored PET), into high-grade raw materials for food-grade packaging, can even make us close the oil tap for making new PET plastic!”
During this summer the first batches of PET plastic waste are being taken in and processed at the 10-kiloton plant. Further refinements will ensure an optimal operational capacity during this year.
“The future for plastic packaging is looking very positive”, Tonnis Hooghoudt adds. “From hereon we will apply the process to other plastics including synthetic fibers, possibly even to bio-plastics, so the story will only get better. This will ultimately contribute to us providing a cleaner and healthier environment for the future generation.”