Dow Polyurethanes to Build New Facility for Discarded Mattress Foam Recycling
Dow Polyurethanes announces a breakthrough in its RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program with a plan to install a pioneering industrial scale production facility at Orrion Chemicals Orgaform in Semoy, France.
RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program
The RENUVA™ Mattress Recycling Program will take discarded mattress foam and turn it back into raw material (polyol) through chemical recycling, the process of converting waste into feedstock. The new raw material can then be used in flexible or rigid foam products to go into applications such as building insulation boards and even back into new mattresses.
The new initiative will help enable a more circular economy for polyurethanes by ensuring the applications they are used in can be recycled and it can help the EU reach its goal of having 65% of municipal waste recycled by 2030.
This new development builds on Dow’s existing collaboration with process know-how and turnkey installations provider H&S Anlagentechnik.
Integrating Sustainability into PU Lifecycle
“At Dow we’re passionate about integrating sustainability into all aspects of the Polyurethane lifecycle. This development will represent a significant step towards achieving circularity for a product which traditionally poses significant challenges for recycling,” said Ana Carolina Haracemiv, commercial director for Europe, Middle East, Africa, India (EMEAI)- Dow Polyurethanes.
“Through RENUVATM our ambition is to address some of the circular economy goals set out in the EU’s Green Deal and in national waste management strategies of countries like France,” stated Marcel Moeller, global marketing and sustainability director- Dow Polyurethanes.
“This new cooperation will reinforce Orrion Chemicals Orgaform’s commitment to sustainable development,” said Christian Siest, president - Orrion Chemicals Orgaform. “We will be proud to build an industrial scale production unit for recycling end-of-life foam and be selected as a partner by Dow. This will be a major investment that fits the growth strategy of our company.”
The installation is expected to take place during the second half of 2020, with the first batch of RENUVA™ polyols expected to be delivered in the first half of 2021.