New European body set up for blossoming chemical recycling sector

New European body set up for blossoming chemical recycling sector

March 21, 2019
Marcia González

ChemRecEurope aims to close the loop for the plastics industry by offering the technology to endlessly recycle all plastic waste back into its original components

A new association for the emerging chemical recycling industry has been established, with Plastic Energy’s chief executive Carlos Monreal (pictured above) announced as its first president. “It is the right time to enhance the opportunities for chemical recycling in Europe in order for the plastics industry to be fully circular,” Monreal suggested. “We will work together with all stakeholders having an interest in our activities and we want to ensure a ‘plastics-back-to-plastics’ development to differentiate our activity from incineration.”

The members of Chemical Recycling Europe (ChemRecEurope) – which currently includes ReNew ELP, Ioniqa Technologies, gr3n and of course Plastic Energy – offer innovative and unique technologies to transform of all types of plastic waste back into its original chemical components. By creating a new, secondary raw material that offers the same quality as virgin feed-stock, it can help to close the loop and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. Clearly this saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions, which is why chemical recycling can help to combat global warming and further limit the CO2 footprint of plastic products.

The capability to treat all kinds of plastic waste, even those untreatable with mechanical recycling, gives plastic waste a new value and will help to reduce its landfilling or incineration. “All plastic waste should be recycled and reused to benefit from its full potential without wasting valuable resources,” Monreal added. “By reducing the use of fossil fuels as feed-stock, decreasing CO2 emissions, and cutting down landfilling, chemical recycling helps to increase the sustainability of our society and safeguard our planet. By giving value to all plastic waste, it can also play an importing role in the fight against littering.”

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