The world’s largest and most modern facility for plastic recycling

We are investing heavily in building the world’s largest and most modern facility for plastic recycling, Site Zero. The facility will be able to recycle all plastic packaging from Swedish households and make plastics circular – completely without any CO2 emissions.

About Site Zero

With Site Zero we’re doubling our capacity and will be able to handle 200,000 tonnes of plastic packaging per year. Thanks to cutting-edge technology it will be possible to recycle practically all types of plastic. Today the facility can manage four types of plastic – in the future Site Zero will make it possible to sort and recycle twelve different types. Any small parts of plastic that remain after the sorting process are separated to be sent to chemical recycling, or to become new composite products. At Site Zero, zero packaging goes to incineration.

There is today no other facility in the world that has that capability. We are also preparing for washing and granulation of the plastic in phase two, which is planned for 2025. Then our entire plastic flow in Sweden can become circular.

Climate neutral facility

Site Zero will be completely climate neutral with zero emissions. The facility is powered by renewable energy, and the small amount of plastic and other waste that cannot be recycled will be sent to energy recovery without climate emissions, so-called CCS (Carbon Capture Storage). There are also plans to produce renewable energy by covering the building’s large flat roof with solar panels.

Om Site Zero

Med Site Zero fördubblar vi vår kapacitet och tack vare banbrytande teknologi tredubblar vi antalet plastsorter som vi kan ta emot och återvinna. Med det kommer i princip all plast kunna återvinnas. Det finns ingen annan anläggning i världen i dag som har den förmågan.

Även förpackningar bestående av sammansatta plastmaterial kommer att kunna avskiljas och återvinnas kemiskt eller bli nya kompositprodukter. Vi förbereder också för att kunna tvätta och granulera plasten i nästa skede, vilket beräknas vara klart 2025. Då kan hela vårt plastflöde bli cirkulärt – i Sverige.

Första klimatneutrala anläggningen

Site Zero kommer att vara helt klimatneutral med noll utsläpp. Anläggningen drivs av förnybar energi och den lilla del plast och övrigt avfall som inte kan återvinnas kommer kunna skickas till energiutvinning utan klimatutsläpp, så kallad CCS, Carbon Capture Storage. Vi har också planer på att producera egen förnybar energi med solceller på byggnadens stora platta tak.

“This investment creates the prerequisites needed for making Sweden a world leader in plastic recycling. Being able to do it together with our producer customers and owners, who consist of large parts of the Swedish business community, is very inspiring”

– Mattias Philipsson, CEO of Svensk Plaståtervinning.

This is Site Zero

• Location: Motala Business Park (owned by Swedish Plastic Recycling)
• Zero Site Area: Approx. 60,000 sqm
• Receiving capacity: 200,000 tonnes of plastic packaging per year. Site Zero will be able to receive all plastic packaging from Swedish households
• Sorting capacity: PP, HDPE, LDPE, PET tray, PET bottles (coloured and transparent), PP film, EPS, PS, PVC, two grades of Polyolefin mix, metal and non-plastic waste
• Agglomeration output: Chemical recycling, composite products, energy recovery with CCS
• Other: Fully automated process, 60 Near Infra Red (NIR) sensors, approx. 5 km conveyor belt, washing and granulation in phase two
• Total investment: Approximately SEK 1 billion (year 2019–2023). The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) also contributes with a financing of just over SEK 180 million through the climate investment aid programme known as Klimatklivet.