Plastic waste touted as another sulphur cap fuel option

Following yesterday’s report on Splash that Vitol and Peabody are supporting a project to turn coal waste into bunker fuel, there’s news from the Netherlands today of another innovative project designed to turn plastic waste into low sulphur diesel for ships. Dutch company Bin2Barrel is building a plant at the Port of Amsterdam to convert unrecyclable plastic into diesel fuel for ships. The plan is to build four plans around the port and to start operations at the end of this year.

The Port of Amsterdam estimates that in the first year, the plant will convert 35,000 tons of garbage into 30m litres of fuel, resulting in a 57,000 ton reduction in carbon emissions each year.

Bin2Barrel was founded in 2012 by waste management entrepreneurs Floris Geeris and Paul Harkema.

The fuel they have created is termed ultra low sulphur diesel (EN590) o the Bin2Barrel website and is claimed to be as sustainable as biodiesel.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Hi Sam,
    Interesting article.
    Could I discuss our Company Low Sulphur Fuels with you? We are an early stage company able to convert end of life hydrocarbons (waste oils, tyres and plastics) into low sulphur, low NOx marine fuel that is ISO/IMO compliant? Look forward to speaking.
    Kind regards, Glenn

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