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Braskem starts trials on chemical recycling of plastic waste.

“As we strive to reach a true circular economy, we recognise the challenges and limitations posed by traditional recycling technologies.”

Brazilian plastics specialist Braskem has started chemical recycling of plastic waste trials and aims to complete them by the end of this year.

The company made the announcement at this year’s K 2019 show in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The trials are being conducted at its commercial plant in Brazil. The trials will convert feedstock derived from the chemical recycling of plastic waste back into chemicals and plastics.

In a statement, Braskem said the trials “may be complete” by the end of 2019.

The trials are part of the company’s commitment to the circular economy.

Braskem also said that it would still boost its investment and trials in the field of chemical recycling, as well as the development of new recycled resins, renewable polypropylene, and the proposed expansion of its bio-based plastic capacity in Triunfo, Brazil. The company makes resins derived from sugarcane ethanol at this plant.

Earlier this year, the company said it was launching a study to develop a chemical recycling process for post-consumer plastics, such as grocery bags and packaging films for snacks and cookies.

The research was being conducted in partnership with the polymer engineering laboratory at the University of Rio de Janeiro’s Alberto Luiz Coimbra research institute. Other project partners include the SENAI Institute for Innovation in Biosynthetics and Cetrel, an environmental service company.

Commenting on the research in February, Gus Hutras, head of Process Technology at Braskem, said: “As we strive to reach a true circular economy, we recognise the challenges and limitations posed by traditional recycling technologies. Braskem is committed to developing, implementing and offering sustainable solutions.

“Chemical recycling and its potential to overcome all these challenges and limitations will enable us to achieve this goal. We are accelerating these efforts through partnerships and collaboration with other companies that think like we do in order to reach these targets as soon as possible.”

“These studies in chemical recycling uphold the principles of Braskem, which drives innovation to develop sustainable solutions. Every day, we want to create businesses and initiatives that increase the value of plastic waste,” said Fabiana Quiroga, head of recycling at Braskem.

“The advantage of chemical recycling lies in its capacity to process and transform plastic waste back into a raw material that can be used to make new plastics.”

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