Chemical Recycling examples
Discover Cefic’s members concrete examples on chemical recycling
In Europe, about 30 million tonnes of plastic waste is collected every year. But still 85% of that ends up in landfill or is incinerated. This is not only a source of CO2 emissions but is also a waste of valuable resources.
The chemical industry is determined to change this. How?
With chemical recycling technologies, the industry has developed complementary solutions to existing mechanical recycling to recycle mixed or contaminated plastic waste that otherwise would be incinerated or sent to landfill. These technologies can break down plastics and transform them into valuable secondary raw materials to produce new chemicals and plastics of equivalent quality to those made from fossil resources. Together with value chain partners, the chemical industry has already successfully developed consumer products like food packaging, refrigerator parts, mattresses, carpets, and dashboards in cars.
- Dissolution: extracting plastic
- Depolymerisation: breaking it down to basic building blocks
- Conversion: turning it into raw materials
Stay tuned as the list of examples (below) will continue to grow!