by Hagen Hanel, Head of Plastics Recycling Innovation Center, APK AG
- introduction APK (Scale, Location, Staff)
- Newcycling Technology and comparison to Recycling
- target audience
- our closest loop as unique selling point
- status quo and proof of principle
- APK’s offer
About Hagen Hanel
- chemical and environmental engineer educated in Merseburg
- since 2013 at APK
- broad experience along the whole value chain
- responsible for a Team of Engineers, Scientist and lab technicians
About APK AG
APK is specializes in the production of plastic granulates and uses a wide variety of material flows to do so. Using an efficient recycling process called Newcycling®, we provide extremely high quality granulates that can be used in a huge range of production applications.
Our mission is to produce plastic recyclates with properties close to virgin plastics. We are already producing pure, clean regranulates using our unique, proprietary solvent technology – Newcycling®. This means that we are helping the environment and the supply of raw materials for future generations.
The Plastic Waste 2 Plastic Conference is all about turning waste plastic via pyrolysis /chemical recycling into new plastics competing with plastics made from virgin fossil oil. This requires that current recycling value chains change to a new sustainable ecosystem. As a result the creation of innovative new ecosystems will be a challenge with so many stakeholders.
The new ecosystems contains the following steps in the materials cycle:
- End of life Plastic Waste Stream Collection
- Cleaning, Sorting and Separation
- 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
Besides the development of a new ecosystem, additional topics are related and relevant for the success of this new ecosystem:
- Can chemical recycling become economically viable?
- Can chemical recycling be cost-competitive with virgin plastic?
- What is the demand for the chemical recycling outputs of the different recycling processes?
- What are the real environmental and health impacts of the different recycling processes when operating at scale?
- How do the Life Cycle Assessments of the different recycle technologies compare
- What key parameters determine the choice for chemical versus mechanical recycling
- Can this type of recycling become complementary to the other waste management processes. What needs to happen to make this possible?