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“Chemical recycling of plastic waste plays an important role for us in the transformation to a circular economy,” says Sebastian Zeller, CTO of BASF. "The chemical industry must lead the way, by using more renewable and recycled feedstocks and developing new material cycles and business models."
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At the end of last year, Zeller took part in a Circular Biobased Delta webinar about chemical recycling, which focused on the collaboration between the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia in this area.

Pyrolysis oil is still too often seen as a fuel. Zeller: “Fuel from waste has its value for reducing fossil fuels and for waste management in countries with little (waste management) infrastructure. But this is a one-time effect; it extracts raw materials from the material cycle. That’s why we don’t see pyrolysis oil for fuel as a chemically recycled product. ”

In BASF’s ChemCycling project, pyrolysis oil is made in several relatively small local installations. That oil is then used as a replacement for fossil naphtha in a steam cracker to make new plastics. The quality of the recycled material is equal to that of virgin plastics, making it suitable for high-performance products.

Read the full article about the webinar chemical recycling in Agro&Chemistry

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