SUEZ will build a plastic recycling plant in Thailand to turn waste plastics into circular polymers. The Group’s first-ever plastic recycling project in Asia, the circular polymer plant will be a model for the rest of Southeast Asia. It will also adhere to strict environmental standards and contribute to Thailand’s ambitious 2030 target to achieve 100% plastic recycling. This will help ease the global plastic waste crisis.
The plant, located in the Bang Phli District, near Bangkok, will convert 30,000 tons/year of locally collected low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic film waste, that would have otherwise gone to waste or ended up in the environment, into high-quality post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR). This PCR will be used to produce products for a circular economy.
The plant will meet the highest local environmental compliance standards. It will be equipped with an efficient and advanced water treatment system that minimizes water usage and ensures that the surrounding environment is not affected. Part of the energy used by the plant is powered by rooftop solar panels to further reduce the environmental footprint. Construction works for a building area of 14,000 sqm are expected to be completed by the middle of 2020. The plant will employ 80 staff.
“In Thailand, two million tons of plastic waste are produced per year and only a quarter is recycled. As a leader in plastic recycling in Europe, SUEZ will fully utilize its technological expertise to support the country in meeting its objective of reducing plastic waste, thus contributing to the preservation of the oceans,” said Steve Clark, CEO of SUEZ Asia.
Plastic recycling is a key market for SUEZ. Each year, the Group processes nearly 400,000 tons of plastic waste in nine specialist facilities in Europe and produces 150,000 tons of circular polymers. SUEZ is also among the founding members of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, an international initiative launched in January 2019 to end plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.
This new plant is part of the Group's development strategy in Southeast Asia, where it has been supporting regional countries in improving their drinking water, sanitation and waste management services in response to a rapidly growing population. Over the past two years, SUEZ has won the contracts to build an industrial waste-to-energy plant in Thailand, extend the Medan drinking water production plant in Indonesia and build a wastewater treatment plant and a sewerage network in Vietnam’s southern province of Hau Giang.
3D scheme shows SUEZ’s circular polymer plant, located in the
Bang Phli district near Bangkok. Construction works are expected
to be completed by the middle of 2020.
With 90,000 people on the five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. We provide water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards. To meet increasing demands to overcome resource quality and scarcity challenges, SUEZ is fully engaged in the resource revolution. With the full potential of digital technologies and innovative solutions, the Group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of 17.3 billion euros in 2018.
SUEZ in Asia
SUEZ has been present for over 60 years in Southeast Asia and 40 years in Greater China in water and waste management. With over 9,000 employees and over 70 water and waste projects with local partners, SUEZ is helping authorities and industries develop innovative solutions to address climate change and sustainable resource management. The Group built over 460 water and wastewater treatment plants in Asia, supplying drinking water to 20 million people. It operates China’s first PPP water contract in Macau and Mainland China’s first water concession in Chongqing. It is also the leader of waste management in Hong Kong and delivers its expertise in the management of environmental services to 13 industrial parks in Mainland China.