The importance of creating a scalable business with chemical recycling

A JakajimaTV interview with Jeroen Kelder, co-founder of Infinity Recycling.
Plastic production increased exponentially, from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 488 million tons today. Production is expected to more than triple by 2050.

The linear consumption of plastic and the lack of appropriate recycling infrastructure has led to plastic waste swamping rivers and oceans. This has now become one of the world’s most pressing issues.

The rapidly increasing production of plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with the waste. Advancement in technologies will enable us to increase the mechanical recycling percentages, but more than 50% of the waste streams can never be mechanically recycled due to the chemical nature of plastics and the way in which we use it.

Advanced (or chemical) recycling brings the solution for these,
non recyclable waste streams, enabling a transformation from a linear economy to a sustainable circular economy.

Jeroen Kelder will be speaking at the Plastic Waste 2 Plastic Conference, November 2020

Jeroen is a finance executive with over 20 years’ experience in M&A, corporate finance and operations. He started his career at ING and spent 18 years at GE Capital where he was responsible for debt & equity investments in European mid-market companies and European energy & sustainability projects. Over the past years, Jeroen has developed a deep understanding of how the circular economy drives value to investors and he brings a wealth of experience in structuring complex transactions designed to achieve tangible impact. Jeroen holds a Msc Economics from Groningen University and an MBA from London Business School.

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Infinity Recycling is an investment company that has been set up to create markets for end of life waste streams. It does this by investing in technologies that convert end of life plastic waste into feedstock for the petrochemical and refinin industry and connecting these technologies with other parts of the value chain.

MARKET

Address the end of life plastics waste crisis

The ever-growing linear consumption of plastics is causing an urgent end of life waste problem. Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans. That is the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world. Both institutional and private investors are beginning to recognize that they can help bring innovations to market by connecting capital with companies, products and solutions across the plastics value chain. Only an effective advanced recycling market can make the circular economy for plastics a reality.

STRATEGY

Invest in proven advanced recycling technologies create markets for end of life waste streams.

Infinity Recycling, creates markets for end of life waste streams by investing in advanced recycling technologies and connecting the value chain. By securing suitable waste streams and managing marketing of output through pricing options and structuring steady and scaled offtake contracts, Infinity recycling brings a return driven approach to sustainability. Transforming waste into chemical feedstock enables a circular economy, and generates significant, measurable financial and environmental returns.

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