Ecoplanta -located in El Morell, Tarragona- will become a reference paradigm in the transition to the circular economy. It will be the first plant in Spain to produce circular methanol from treated urban waste that comes mainly from the surrounding ecoparks. Ecoplanta will thus become a benchmark for material recovery, obtaining new materials, thus, reducing the use of virgin raw materials. The materials that can be recovered are, for example, light packaging, paper, cardboard or municipal solid waste, among others.
The future plant will have a treatment capacity of about 363,000 metric tons of Urban Solid Waste (USW) and will generate up to 237,000 metric tons of circular methanol. This facility will be the fourth of its kind in the world (there are already similar projects: in Canada, a plant in operation in Edmonton and one under construction in Varennes, and in Europe there is another in Rotterdam under development).