Frequently asked questions
What is the purpose of ReSource sorting plant?
The plant will be the largest of its kind in Denmark and consist of a state-of-the-art high-tech sorting system separating the plastic waste into mono fractions suitable for selling to all types of recycling facilities, including mechanical and chemical recycling. The plant will reach a sorting capacity of 160,000 tons of plastic per year.
Why is this project important for Denmark and Europe?
ReSource will be a game-changer for the plastic waste market in Denmark and the sorting facility is expected to significantly contribute to the EU and Denmark’s recycling targets.
Why was Esbjerg chosen as the location?
The location of the project makes it easily accessible for delivery of unsorted waste, whether it is by road, rail or sea. ReSource is located in Esbjerg, just 5 km from the nearest train station, 8 km to the harbour and 500 m from the motorway.
When will construction start/end?
The construction started in September 2022. The plant is expected to be comissioned by the end of 2023.
Where does the sorted plastic come from?
The inflow of waste is expected to mainly come from household waste, industry plastics and other waste factions (hospitals, schools and restaurants). In addition to municipal plastic, private companies in Denmark became responsible for disposal of own waste in 2022. More than 50% of the inflow of waste will come from Denmark. The project location will enable to ship / freight additional volume of plastic from nearby countries, if necessary, to ensure the plant runs at full capacity.
How is the sorted plastic used?
ReSource will separate the unsorted plastic waste into mono fractions suitable for selling to all types of recycling facilities, including mechanical and chemical recycling. The sorted plastic will be converted from waste plastics into valuable and highly demanded products replacing the use of fossil-based raw materials.
What are the economic benefits?
ReSource will contribute to the circular economy and create value from waste that would otherwise be incinerated, by upgrading waste into high-grade valuable resources. The sorting facility will be operated and maintained by approximately 50 full-time employees.
Can you quantify the expected CO2 reduction?
With over 80% of Danish plastic waste currently being sent to incineration or exported, the plant will contribute significantly to reducing CO2 emissions. With this investment, Resource will help to prevent the generation of 520,000 tCO2e between 2024 and 2028.
Is ReSource compliant with the EU regulation and taxonomy ?
The project is 100% compatible under the EU taxonomy.
The activity is eligible under the Climate Mitigation objective of the taxonomy:
– Activity Sector: waste management and remediation
– Taxonomy Activity: Material recovery from non-hazardous waste