Pulp Eco
Recycling plant

Recycling plant

Recycling plant

We explain everything…

  • 2017: the project of the recycling plant was conceptualized by a group from Reunion Island, in order to take up the challenge of a sustainable development in Reunion Island.
  • 2019: Pulp Eco is born.
Reunion Island of today without the recycling plant.
  • 2021-2022: feasibility studies are carried out to ensure the smooth running of the project.

Reunion Island has always faced many challenges. We are aware of the difficulties as well as the advantages of our insular and geographical situation. At present, cardboard, if it is of good quality, is exported. Otherwise, it is sent to landfill.

Current issues in Reunion

Current problems in Reunion related to cardboard recycling. Reunion Island without the recycling plant.

Current circuit of valorization

Current circuit of recovery in Reunion Island. Without a recycling plant, the soiled and wet cardboard waste is buried and the good quality cardboard is exported.

Our main objective is to work with the entire existing industry to improve the environment of our island.

Our strength is to create an essential link in the treatment of cellulosic waste in Reunion Island.

Thanks to the support of local and regional authorities and institutions, the project is progressing steadily and on a fast pace.

Reunion Island of tomorrow with the recycling plant.

The plant

  • 2023: The construction can start.

Pulp Eco chooses a modular configuration of its equipment. This will allow the transfer of wet, damp and dry pulp products. The final goal is to allow the development of industrial workshops for the local production of finished molded pulp products.

Details of the operation of the plant’s equipment

Below is a diagram summarizing the modular design of the finished product:

Operation of the recycling plant from the inside. The modular design of the product is explained for each phase (liquid, paste and dry).
  • 2025: the recycling plant will be operational, and the plant layout will be like this.
Detailed 3D plan of the recycling plant. The different workshops and other buildings are represented.

The plant is located at the Port Ecopark. It operates 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, and can recycle up to 40,000 tons of cardboard per year. The cardboard waste could be clean, wet or soiled, and major collection sources would be :

  • From the separated household collection
  • From waste collection centers
  • From Importation warehouses
  • From industries

Birth of a circular economy in Reunion

New recycling circuit in Reunion Island. The recycling plant allows the creation of a circular economy in Reunion Island. It will produce locally finished products from the wet pulp. Since the production will be too important, Pulp Eco will however keep its export activity.

Finished products from the recycling plant

Pulp Eco’s objective is to enable the emergence of local companies that manufacture finished products from recycled cardboard pulp. These include cushioning and packaging products made from recycled cellulose fibers, for example:

  • Boîte d'oeufs en pulpe de carton issus du recyclageEgg cartons
  • Seedling pots
  • Coupelles utilisées en milieux stériles en pulpe de carton issus du recyclageDisposable medical supports
  • Produit de type calage en cartonCushioning for the transportation of local products and other molded cellulose products.

The establishment of the plant allows the installation of workshops for the transformation of pulp into finished products for the local and regional market. Reduce the transportation of raw material, and therefore, the carbon footprint, is the final goal.

The production of the plant will far exceed the needs of Reunion Island. Originally, it is therefore to promote its export that part of the production will be transformed into dry pulp and packaged in filmed bales.