FIELDS OF APPLICATION
Coatings and contaminants often make mechanical plastic recycling difficult or impossible. In most cases, the only option is landfill or incineration. WASTX P2 Plastic’s patent-pending chemical recycling process is particularly immune to interfering materials and precisely targets the types of plastic that make up the bulk of today’s plastic waste problem.
Possible impurities, contamination and frequent use in the single-use sector limit the possibility of mechanical recycling and are thus reasons for the low recycling rates of polyolefins (Schyns et. al, 2020). With the WASTX P2 Plastic, impurities are reduced in the pretreatment stage. Thus, the material stream including the residual impurities is processed into high-quality oil in the reactor.
Compared to other types of polymers, polyolefins generally have a shorter life cycle because they are usually used for single-use products. Moreover, polyolefins are often incinerated, illegally dumped in the oceans or disposed in landfills.
Our WASTX P2 Plastic technology offers a sustainable and profitable way of polyolefin recycling and turns problematic plastic waste into a valuable raw material.
Refining the product for Naphtha production
Petroleum naphtha is a liquid stream of intermediate hydrocarbons derived from the refining of crude oil. It is usually desulphurised and then catalytically reformed, which rearranges or restructures the hydrocarbon molecules in the naphtha, as well as breaking up some of the molecules.
Naphtha is a basic component for the manufacture of plastics.
Using our product avoids the use of natural or fossil resources. Our product is recycled from plastic waste and becomes the natural basis for the manufacture of new "first generation"plastics.
According to the Federal Environment Agency, around 85% of all plastic waste in Germany is so-called post-consumer waste, which generally cannot be recycled mechanically. Due to the patented reactor design, the WASTX P2 Plastic is also able to process multi-layer films and contaminants such as paper labels and food residues.
Of course, this applies to other many other countries as well.
High levels of contamination and moisture make it difficult to recycle the polyolefin-basedfoil, which is why they are usually incinerated or landfilled. Thanks to the modular design of the WASTX P2 Plastic, impurities and moisture can be minimized already in the pretreatment stage and remaining residues do not interfere with the robust chemical recycling process.
The modular design of the WASTX P2 Plastic allows individual pretreatment depending on the starting material. An upstream granulator also reduces hard plastic to the particle size required for the core process. The technology can thus be adapted to the requirements of the site and remain easily scalable.
Every year, about 10 million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans; roughly equivalent to one truckload per minute. Solar radiation and decomposition often make mechanical recycling of marine plastics impossible. Chemical recycling offers a way to return even heavily deteriorated plastic to the raw material cycle.