Plastic Waste Chemical Recycling is Gaining Momentum

Editor: Ahlam Rais

The European Chemical Industry Council – Cefic shares the advantages of the chemical recycling technology in order to solve the plastic waste problem.

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An increasing number of Cefic members are working on ways to integrate the chemical recycling technology into their production facilities.
An increasing number of Cefic members are working on ways to integrate the chemical recycling technology into their production facilities.
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Brussels/Belgium – Plastic waste is a problem that the chemical industry can help to address.

One of the most promising solutions provided by the chemical industry is chemical recycling. Chemical recycling means recycling of plastics into feedstock for new chemicals. Using the chemical recycling technology kills two birds with one stone. First, we reduce the amount of plastic waste, and secondly, we improve our resource efficiency, as using plastic waste as a feedstock reduces our dependence on the non-renewable resources such as oil when making new chemicals, states Cefic.

Mechanical recycling is effective in tackling ‘pure’ plastic waste such as, for example, water bottles. But when it comes to recycling plastic waste which is made of various layers, is heavily contaminated, or has not been properly sorted, chemical recycling is a most useful option, adds the council. Combined, both solutions can significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste and improve the circularity of plastic.

An increasing number of Cefic members are working on ways to integrate this technology into their production facilities. For example, Dow has recently announced that it will start using plastic waste to produce new chemicals at its production facility in the Netherlands. Cefic expects more companies to follow suit.

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