Neste, Recycling Technologies and Unilever to Test Systems to Chemically Recycle Waste Plastics

 In Industry, Acquisition, & Innovation, Air, FVEY, CBRN, P5

In the United Kingdom, Recycling Technologies, a plastic recycling technology provider; Neste, provider of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and drop-in renewable and circular chemical solutions; and Unilever, the con­sumer goods man­u­fac­tur­er, will col­lab­o­rate to fur­ther devel­op chem­i­cal recy­cling to recov­er and reuse plas­tic pack­ag­ing that is cur­rent­ly either incin­er­at­ed, buried in land­fill or export­ed from the UK.

A joint project involv­ing these three com­pa­nies has been award­ed a £3.1m grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to devel­op chem­i­cal recy­cling by com­bin­ing the exper­tise of these global lead­ers in their respec­tive busi­ness areas to make hard-to-recy­cle plas­tic pack­ag­ing recy­clable.

In this three-year project, Recycling Technologies will take waste plas­tic pack­ag­ing and process it using its recy­cling machin­ery to turn it into an oil, called Plaxx. This mate­r­i­al will then be deliv­ered to Neste to analyse and test its qual­i­ty and suit­abil­i­ty for fur­ther upgrad­ing it into high-qual­i­ty drop-in feed­stock for the pro­duc­tion of new, virgin-qual­i­ty plas­tics, such as plas­tic pack­ag­ing. Unilever, join­ing an already well-estab­lished col­lab­o­ra­tion between Recycling Technologies and Neste, will bring insight on design for recy­cling for pack­ag­ing.

The grant will help assist, sup­port and refine the test­ing and any improve­ment of Recycling Technologies’ chem­i­cal recy­cling plant being built cur­rent­ly at Binn Farm in Perthshire, Scotland. This col­lab­o­ra­tion will allow the com­pa­ny to improve its sys­tems to process waste plas­tic opti­mal­ly to upgrade the Plaxx so it can be easily fur­ther refined at Neste’s facil­i­ties into high-qual­i­ty feed­stock for the man­u­fac­ture of new plas­tics. The alliance will demon­strate new added-value appli­ca­tions for hard-to-recy­cle waste plas­tic mate­ri­als, such as films, sachets and pouch­es, using them to create output that can be used to make new pack­ag­ing.

Neste has exten­sive expe­ri­ence of han­dling low-qual­i­ty waste and residue raw mate­ri­als, such as renew­able waste and residue oils and fats, and pro­cess­ing them into high-qual­i­ty prod­ucts. Neste is com­mit­ted to devel­op­ing scal­able solu­tions to accel­er­ate plas­tics recy­cling with sev­er­al part­ners and aims to intro­duce liq­ue­fied plas­tic waste as a refin­ery raw mate­r­i­al to replace fossil oil use in the pro­duc­tion of feed­stock for new plas­tics. Its col­lab­o­ra­tion with Recycling Technologies enables Neste to accel­er­ate the devel­op­ment of one of the very promis­ing chem­i­cal recy­cling tech­nolo­gies.

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