OBBOTEC-SPEX has a unique solution for recycling plastic (PE & PP). From a plastic-rich waste stream of polyethylene (PE) and/or polypropylene (PP), PE and PP plastic is selectively extracted by dissolution. This removes the additives and contaminants such as color, odor, plasticizers, and flame retardants. SPEX cleans the plastic (PE & PP) back to near-virgin quality. Afterwards, it can be reused within new, high-standard applications, such as plastic packaging. The yield of this recycling process is almost 100% because only the contaminants and other plastics are being removed.
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About half of all plastic used is polyethylene (LDPE, HDPE) or polypropylene (PP). At the end of its lifecycle, this plastic ends up in the environment or with a waste processor, where it is recycled, incinerated, or dumped.
Producing conventional plastics is an energy-intensive process and incinerating plastics has a negative impact on the environment, using fossil fuels and generating CO2 emissions.
Besides, current recycling methods often do not produce the desired results. Mechanical recycling, for example, often does not meet the required plastic quality. Additionally, chemical recycling technologies that run via a (naphtha) cracker are low in terms of mass and energy efficiency.
Below you will find our mini lecture about the advantages and disadvantages of the various recycling techniques.
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