To enable all plastic-based products to become circular, from the packaging industry to the automotive industry, requires both a sustainable and green technology that corresponds to future producer responsibility.
Producer responsibility and requirements for sorting and material recycling of plastic waste shall be set against the Swedish Government’s decision on a ban of direct incineration or disposal of waste that is collected separately to be prepared for reuse or for material recycling.
Today, only a small part of all plastic is recycled, and this is done mechanically. Simplified, you can say that you recycle plastic into plastic, but Mechanical Recycling often gives a lower quality than the original, which affects the requirements the plastics industry have to take towards durability and quality on the end product.
The challenge is to create new conditions for a sustainable circular production of plastic and see the challenge from a product-life cycle perspective, with focus on identifying raw material that can replace the market’s dependence of fossil raw materials. It will require a technology that can produce a chemical raw liquid (Synthetic oil) that can be refined into performance chemicals that meet the market requirements.
One of the alternatives is Feedstock Recycling, a broader type of chemical recycling process. Here, the Swedish company SWESTEP has come a long way, the company’s CC technology (Catalytic Conversion Process) can recycle all types of hydrocarbon-based waste into a synthetic CO2 neutral oil that gives the industry greater flexibility, as it gives the plastics more lives. A circular recycling technology that can be repeated several times, and each time contributes the same benefit to the environment.
-So, now is the time ready to break the industry’s fossil dependence and stop depleting the earth’s resources. Create viable conditions for a true circular economy, where the focus is on sustainable value chains with a recycling technology that can minimize the plastic’s ecological footprint.
Time to take the next step
Time for change