Recycle plastic waste chemically together

Chemical recycling of plastic waste is the aim of the planned collaboration between the three companies. (Image: Alexacrib – stock.adobe.com)

It is planned that Remondis will supply suitable plastic waste for the plant and that BASF will use the resulting pyrolysis oil as a raw material in the production network as part of the Chemcycling project. Quantafuel intends to supply the technology and operate the facility. The Company specializes in the pyrolysis of mixed plastic waste and the purification of the resulting pyrolysis oil; the technology is developed and maintained jointly with BASF. The location of the pyrolysis plant will be checked together.

Every year in Europe there is almost 20 million t of plastic waste that is not yet recycled. Establishing chemical recycling as a complementary solution to mechanical recycling makes it possible to return more plastic waste to the material cycle, which would otherwise be recovered energetically. With pyrolysis technology, plastic waste streams can be recycled that cannot be mechanically recycled for technological or economic reasons, for example.
In order to expand the recycling economy for plastics, a joint examination is being carried out to determine which of the plastic waste provided by Remondis could be sent for chemical recycling in future.

“BASF has set itself the goal of processing 250,000 t of recycled raw materials annually from 2025 onwards. It is important to only use raw materials that are obtained from plastic waste that would otherwise not have been recycled, ”says Dr. Lars Kissau, Senior Vice President Global Strategic Business Development Petrochemicals, BASF. “We are making steady progress in ramping up our first facility in Skive and are excited to begin rolling out the technology now,” said Kjetil Bøhn, CEO of Quantafuel.

Jürgen Ephan, Managing Director Remondis Recycling, pointed out the importance of the joint project: “In order to achieve the sustainability goals that the European Union has in its visionary Green Deal, it is essential to increase recycling rates wherever it is technically and economically feasible. “

The legal framework at EU and national level will be decisive for whether chemical recycling can contribute to a circular economy for plastics in the future. This includes that products based on chemically recycled raw materials can be credited towards achieving recyclate usage quotas.

Use 1: 1 possible

The pyrolysis oil obtained from plastic waste is fed into the chemical company’s composite production, whereby the same amount of fossil resources is saved. Since the pyrolysis oil is used right at the beginning of the chemical value chain, the finished sales products have the same properties as products made from fossil raw materials. The proportion of recycled material is assigned to the end products using an independently certified mass balance approach, which means that the raw material manufacturer can offer certified products with the suffix Ccycled.

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