France: New Recycling Line for Agricultural Plastic Waste Nets

French company RecyOuest, a start-up that handles the recycling of contaminated filamentary thermoplastics, has started up “the world’s first recycling line for agricultural plastic waste nets” at its mill in Argentan.

End product – plastic pellets produced at the end of the process (Photo: Andritz)

The recycling line was delivered, installed and commissioned by the Austria-based international technology group Andritz in August 2022. According to the provider, it can process up to 8,000 tons of waste and produce recycling fibers for nonwoven applications and pellets made of waste from agricultural single-use plastic nets and twines. These pellets are then returned to the plastics industry by mixing both recycled and virgin raw materials, thus reducing the amount of virgin plastic used.

“This line, inspired by the techniques from textile wastes recycling, is equipped with a unique mechanical dry-cleaning system that allows resource savings by avoiding the use of water and chemicals,” Andritz pointed out. “This state-of-the-art Andritz equipment allows RecyOuest to produce recycling fibers for nonwoven applications and also pellets for new eco-designed nets and twines for the agricultural sector, with the lowest possible environmental impact.” RecyOuest, based in Argentan, France, is a green economy company recycling contaminated filamentary thermoplastics such as round bale nets and twines. With its recycling process, RecyOuest is part of a circular economy approach.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2023, Page 34, Photo: Andritz)