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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