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Could This Breakthrough Make Plastic Production Truly Circular?

Jamie Hailstone writes in Forbes about a breakthrough to make plastic production circular.

The C3 Take
  • It is estimated that only 9% of the plastic that has been produced has been recycled.
  • The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland believes that they have found a way to turn used plastics into virgin-grade materials.
  • By heating up plastic waste and steam to a reaction temperature, researchers are able to turn plastics into smaller compounds that can be used to make new products.
  • This innovative breakthrough could have a significant impact in reducing plastic pollution.

“’The Olefy process turns plastic waste to olefins and other recycled industrial chemicals in one single step. Thanks to this, the amount of targeted olefins and other recycled chemicals is significantly higher than in multi-step processes.’”

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