(Innovation News Network) Recycling plastic waste into high-value materials: Plastics2Olefins is closing the loop

This article was featured on Innovation News Network on 13 September 2023.

The Plastics2Olefins project is paving the way for the industrialisation of high-temperature pyrolysis for circular olefins production.

Plastic waste has become one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Despite efforts to recycle and reduce plastic consumption, a significant amount of plastic still ends up in landfills, oceans, and natural habitats.

This not only poses a threat to wildlife and ecosystems but also contributes to the depletion of finite resources. Globally, 359 million metric tons of plastic were produced in 2018, with Europe producing 17% of this. In the same year, 29 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in the European Union (EU) and only a third of this was recycled.