Opportunities for Thermochemical recycling of plastic waste

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by Gerard van der Laan, Program Manager Circular Plastics, TNO

The presentation of TNO/Brightsite will provide an holistic view of the future plastics. In detail, we will show the current status of thermochemical recycling technologies for plastic waste and new recycling routes like MIlena Thermal Cracking for plastic and mixed waste streams.

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Creating feedstocks from plastic waste for a sustainable circular economy future

Adrian Griffiths

by Adrian Griffiths, Recycling Technologies Ltd

Adrian will discuss the potential for future plastics production to be made from recycled polymers and the effect this could bring to the industry and circular economy overall.

program: https://plasticwaste2plasticconference.com/conference/

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Challenges and opportunities in molecular recycling of reversible polymers

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by Josse Kunst, Kiduara BV

Is Molecular Recycling Economy’s Hottest Ticket or Toxic Tech Disguised as the Solution? Let’s look specifically at the molecular recycling of reversible polymers such as polyester, polyamide 6 and polylactic acid

program: https://plasticwaste2plasticconference.com/conference/

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Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste – Pyrolysis and downstream processing of pyrolysis oils

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by Alexander Hofman, Fraunhofer UMSICHT

The recycling of many plastic waste streams like mixed plastics, composites or plastics with inorganic and organic contaminations remains very challenging. As an addition to mechanical recycling, chemical recycling offers the chance for closing the plastic recycling loop. Currently, great amounts of plastics are still incinerated and removed from this loop.

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Brightlands Chemelot Campus is Strategic Partner of Plastic Waste 2 Plastic Conference

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Plastic Waste 2 Plastic Conference welcomes Brightlands Chemelot Campus as Strategic Partner

Brightlands Chemelot Campus is a world-leading innovation location in smart materials and sustainable manufacturing and home to a vibrant and fast-growing open community of groundbreaking companies and knowledge institutes.

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Is it possible to turn plastic waste into new plastic in a sustainable way?

Waste plastic can be turned into new plastics competing with plastics made from virgin fossil oil via pyrolysis /chemical recycling. This will change the current recycling value chain into a new sustainable ecosystem.

The new ecosystems contains the following steps in the materials cycle:

  • End of life Plastic Waste Stream Collection
  • Cleaning, Sorting and Separation
  • Recycling
    • Chemical recycling
    • Thermal and Thermochemical recycling / Pyrolysis
  • Processing of recycled materials (plastics and chemicals)
  • Production of recycled plastic materials
  • Reuse of the newly created plastics in applications
  • End of life plastic waste stream collection
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What is chemical recycling / pyrolysis?

Chemical recycling today often refers to technologies that can be classed depending on the level at which they break down the plastic waste. Concretely, the technologies can be divided into 3 types:

  • Solvent-based purification. Comprises technologies that go down to the polymer stage. They are capable of decontaminating the plastic but cannot address its degradation. They work only with monostreams (PVC, PS, PE, PP).
  • Chemical depolymerisation. Chemical process which turns the plastics back into their monomers. Allows for decontamination but not addressing degradation. Only works with monostreams (PET, PU, PA, PLA, PC, PHA, PEF).
  • Thermal depolymerisation and cracking (pyrolysis and gasification) are energy-intensive processes which turn the polymers back into simpler molecules. They are capable of decontaminating polymers and, by bringing plastic back to its original building blocks, addressing the degradation of the material. These technologies can deal with more than one monomer at a time and are also capable of producing fuels. This raises the need for strict regulatory controls to prevent plastic being turned into fuel in lieu of recycling.
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