Plastic pyrolysis: the awakening of the multinationals

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Charlotte Salaün
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After a very hesitant start, and a real brake given by the major players in the waste world, the technique of pyrolysis of plastics finally seems to be making headway and is of interest to manufacturers, who are looking for alternatives to plastic for their packaging.

Pyrolysis of plastics produces an oil that can be equated with crude oil and thus be reused to produce new plastics. This is what we presented in a previous blog post " oil goes back to oil ".

An article in Techniques de l'Ingénieur presents a study initiated by a consortium of industrialists including Total (the world's leading petroleum company and a plastics manufacturer) and Mars and Nestlé, two leading food manufacturers, who were looking for innovative methods to green their activities. They collaborated with Recycling Technologies, which offers an innovative process for recycling plastics by pyrolysis. 

The oil produced in this way will be able to be used in the production process of these players and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. 

Once the first tests have been validated, manufacturers will evaluate the financial and economic feasibility of having their own pyrolysis unit on their production site, in order to control their own flows.

This article is encouraging because it reflects an awareness of the major groups for the transformation of plastics into oil. 

This "plastic to fuel" transformation is the only current possibility to treat waste in countries that do not have the fiscal means to pay the billions dedicated to waste treatment in rich countries.

Many suppliers in Europe and Asia already offer solutions for emerging economies.

Our recovery platforms integrate them.

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