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Plastic processing at Attero gets new impulse with construction of Aganfoils

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Waste processing company Attero has invested 30 million in the construction of a Polymer Recycling plant in Wijster. The purpose of this recycling project, ‘Aganfoils’, is to reprocess plastic from household waste into new film. Vicoma was closely involved in the realisation of this project.

Project: recycling project ‘Aganfoils

Aganfoils’ stands for ‘As Good As New film’. The granulate that remains after recycling must have a higher plastic value. To achieve this, Attero uses a new technology that is unique in Europe. An intensive washing process with water at 80 degrees Celsius must make 96 to 98 percent of the existing plastic smell disappear. This gives the plastic a higher recycling value. The regranulate should therefore be suitable for new film products such as rubbish bags, pipes and applications in the automotive industry.

Vicoma’s role: from design to project management

Vicoma was also closely involved in setting up the new plant. First of all Vicoma designed the steam and condensate system and the platforms for the chillers. During construction Vicoma E&I engineers were added to the project management to supervise the collaboration between main and subcontractors. Vicoma’s WTB engineers were also on stand-by on site to solve problems throughout the plant.

Result: polymer recycling plant operational

The granulate plant can process up to 24,000 tons of film per year. Vicoma is pleased with the part they played in realising this innovative Aganfoils project. For this unique approach Attero will also receive a LIFE subsidy from Europe. On 15 March 2019 the plant was opened by the Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans.

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