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LyondellBasell starts up new pilot molecular recycling facility
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:11.Sep.2020

LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, has announced the successful start-up of its MoReTec molecular recycling facility at its Ferrara, Italy, site.

 

LyondellBasell's proprietary MoReTec advanced recycling technology aims to return post-consumer plastic waste to its molecular form for use as a feedstock for new plastic materials.

 

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LyondellBasell’s new MoReTec molecular recycling facility.


The new plastic materials created by LyondellBasell's MoReTec technology can be used in food packaging and healthcare items, which must meet strict regulatory requirements.

 

The pilot plant is capable of processing between 5 and 10 kilograms (kg) of household plastic waste per hour and builds on LyondellBasell's research to date.

 

The pilot aims to understand the interaction of various waste types in the molecular recycling process, test the various catalysts, and confirm the process temperature and time needed to decompose the plastic waste into molecules.

 

“With our advanced plastics recycling technology, we return larger volumes of plastic waste back into the value chain and produce new materials for high-quality applications, retaining their value for as long as possible,” said Jim Seward, LyondellBasell Senior Vice President of Research & Development (R&D), Technology and Sustainability.

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