CARBIOS, a biological technologies developer, has marked a significant milestone with what it claims to be the world’s first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) biorecycling plant.  

Located in Longlaville, in the Grand-Est region of France, this facility is poised to process 50,000tpa of prepared PET waste, when operating at full capacity. 

The plant is strategically located close to the borders with Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg, providing easy access to waste supplies. 

CARBIOS secured the necessary building and operating permits for the site in October 2023 and partnered with De Smet Engineers & Contractors to manage the construction

The site for the factory was officially acquired from Indorama Ventures on 14 February 2024, with construction currently underway. 

The company expects the plant expected to deliver significant quantities to customers by 2026. 

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The plant is expected to create 150 direct and indirect jobs.  

The company has established numerous agreements, including those with CITEO and Landbell Group, to supply the required feedstock at the plant.  

According to CARBIOS, the plant will play a crucial role in tackling plastic pollution, by offering a solution for the enzymatic depolymerisation of PET waste. 

The company’s enzymatic biorecycling technology offers up new recycling streams for multilayered, coloured and opaque trays, which are little or non-recyclable currently. 

CARBIOS CEO Emmanuel Ladent said: “At CARBIOS, we have turned a vision into reality with the ground-breaking of the world’s first PET biorecycling plant. Our revolutionary enzymatic depolymerisation technology marks the beginning of a new era in plastic recycling, moving away from dependence on oil to a circular economy fuelled by PET waste itself.  

“CARBIOS continues its mission by collaborating with strategic partners around the world and embarking on a promising commercial and international deployment.” 

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by local authorities, partner brands, and industrial partners, all integral to CARBIOS’ ecosystem.