Plastics and plastic packaging is an integral and important part of the Danish, the European and the Global economies, however where the disposal of the plastic in turn involves a number of environmental challenges.
Plastic production has risen sharply globally over the past 50 years, from 15 million tonnes in 1964 to 311 million tonnes in 2014. If the present development continues, this figure is expected to be multiplied several times again over the next 20 years. Plastic itself is not bad or dangerous and it covers important uses for all of us in everyday life. But we must be much better at dealing with the disposal and recycling of plastic.
Plastic is produced mainly from oil products, and is a popular and economically widely used product, which realistically speaking is irreplaceable in society. Since plastic is used for so many purposes – not the least in packaging, it also appears in large quantities in waste context. Environmental accumulation of plastic is however extremely unsustainable, because it is slowly degradable to mother nature.
General about Greenco’s plan
Denmark still has no major bio- or plastic recycling plants for household waste by mid 2018. A significant part of Denmark’s waste sector thus involves export of waste. It is Greenco’s goal in 2018 to initiate the construction of the first of five sorting, handling and recycling plants all to be situated logistically close to the highways in Denmark. This first plant to be built in Kliplev in the region of South Denmark, and can receive 150 tonnes of plastic / bio waste per day, with the possibility of heavy expansion. The plant will be able to receive, degrade and recycle 100% of the waste received:
Greenco will build a unique, documented, EU-approved waste decomposition plant with a major focus on plastic and bio handling and 100% recycling of products and biproducts, such as petroleum products (diesel and benzine) and carbon – all of which can be directly recycled productively in society. Throughout the EU, but also in Denmark, plastic recycling is in high demand by the municipalities and other stakeholders, all of which are subject to the goal of recycling much larger shares of waste and especially plastic.
For each tonne of properly sorted waste received,
the plant will averagely produce:
Low Sulphur diesel "EN590" which is the one used in diesel cars and trucks
Kerosene / Petroleum used in industry and households
Carbon used for the filter-industry and in lightweight structures
The vision is to become a European leader in the field of operating high quality physical recycling plants, which must continue to develop even more efficient technologies that can be adopted across nations with a responsible strategy of working closely together with relevant industries and authorities.
Greenco has a midterm strategy of building up to five(5) highly effective waste recycling plants in North Europe, starting with short term strategy to build and operate one plant in Kliplev, Denmark. Hence it is the strategy of Greenco to re-invest proceeds from the business into a national and later international beneficial waste recycling operation company group.