The construction of a facility that will convert non-recyclable plastic into fuel for use in the transport sector has been commenced at the Port of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

The facility, which represents the first project of Netherlands-based company Bin2Barrel, is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 57,000t annually.

Port of Amsterdam is also involved in the development of the facility, which is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year.

To be built with an investment of around €28m, the facility will be able to produce more than 30 million litres of fuel annually from 35,000t of non-recyclable plastic.

The fuel could be used in other sectors, but, initially, it will serve the marine industry.

Port of Amsterdam Circular and Renewable Industry head Roon van Maanen said: “The use of plastic and the lack of a proper processing of plastic cause massive pollution worldwide.

“Bin2Barrel introduces innovative and badly needed technology that will enable us to make use of a currently non-recyclable flow of waste in a manner that makes perfect sense.

“Bin2Barrel introduces innovative and badly needed technology that will enable us to make use of a currently non-recyclable flow of waste.”

“By creating a new product from an otherwise problematic waste product, Bin2Barrel fits perfectly within the mission of Port of Amsterdam to facilitate energy transition, as well as transition to a circular economy.”

With the new facility, Bin2Barrel seeks to demonstrate a method that converts waste synthetic materials into useful solutions.

It will also offer a more sustainable alternative for traditional transport fuels.

The project aims to help Bin2Barrel to meet the targets set by the Government of The Netherlands, which recently added chemical recycling to its national waste management plan.