Bin2Barrel recycles plastics into fuel for the shipping industry


The diesel fuel will be sold to the shipping industry.
Photo Marc Ruyg

In the port of Amsterdam, Bin2Barrel has started the construction of the factory, which can save 57,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. The factory will be capable of recycling non-recyclable plastic streams into fuel.

The Dutch company Bin2Barrel, focuses on the development of ‘Plastic to Fuel’ projects. By producing sustainable fuel from the plastic, non-recyclable plastics still get a useful application.

  • The processing of 35,000 tons of plastics saves approximately 57,270 tons of CO2
  • The fuel is of diesel quality: “ultra low sulfur diesel” (EN590) and just as sustainable as biodiesel. In addition to fuel, naphta is produced; a raw material for new sustainable plastics
  • The produced fuel saves 80% Co2 emissions compared to regular Diesel (Well to Wheel)

Plastic food packaging

To recycle plastic food packaging seems to be quite difficult.

“This concerns, for example, plastic food packaging, consisting of several layers of different materials, or plastic bags”, co-founder of Bin2Barrel, Floris Geeris explains. “These plastic bags have been recycled so often that they are no longer eligible for recycling.” This non-recyclable plastic is now incinerated by waste processors due to lack of applications.

However, Bin2Barrel is able to produce a sustainable alternative to regular transport fuels from the plastic. The fuel is suitable for several sectors, but Bin2Barrel focuses primarily on sales to ships.

Investment in high-quality plastic recycling

The construction of the factory involves an investment of approximately € 28 million. It is expected that the factory will be operational in December 2018. As it starts, the factory will produce more than 30 million liters of fuel per year from 35,000 tons of non-recyclable plastic.


The stream of non-recyclable plastic is supplied by Dutch waste collectors and processors. The plastic is then processed with a higher efficiency compared with incineration by a waste processor. According to Bin2Barrel, the energy efficiency is almost three times higher. Moreover, the produced fuel is just as sustainable as biodiesel.

Worldwide, the use of plastic and the lack of proper processing of plastic waste causes a great deal of pollution. By making fuels from a problematic residual product, Bin2Barrel fits perfectly within the objectives of the Amsterdam port to facilitate the transition to a circular economy.


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