“COVID-19 has made PLAST2bCLANED’s stakeholder engagement much more complicated, due to the cancellation of the most important recycling conferences”

Interview to Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL Group.

How does the specification of the bromine and antimony fractions work?

At our facilities of ICL in Terneuzen (The Netherlands), we can receive only liquid streams due to the type of burner. These streams will be processed in the bromine recovery unit.

As specification, it is important to remark that the amount of metals is limited as finally the metals are passing a wastewater treatment and the metals are ending up in the sludge.

Therefore, we separate the Antimony Trioxide (ATO) during the process in such a way that the final residue does not contain more than a certain amount of ATO.

What are the main challenges behind the stakeholder engagement?

The stakeholder engagement is not usually a challenge as all PLAST2bCLEANED members do have a large network and they frequently attend conferences and workshops. Nevertheless, COVID-19 breakdown is making things more difficult, as the participation in face-to face events is no longer a possibility, and those are much more effective than webinars or other digital networking in place.

From March till September all important recycling conferences were cancelled. Although we can still use our website, and our social media channels to disseminate the project, it cannot be compared to a real presence! We will continue to do our best anyway!

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