The importance of recycling:
Unlocking potential through complementary recycling technologies
Around 350 million tons of plastic waste is generated every year, but only about 10 percent is recycled. One reason is that there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution.
A variety of recycling approaches is needed to achieve circularity
To accelerate #ourplasticsjourney, we are working with partners along the value chain on several projects of different maturity levels. We offer solutions that further improve mechanical recycling and use new, innovative and complementary chemical recycling technologies on a large scale.
Watch the videos below to find out how!
Tapping into the potential of mechanical recycling
BASF offers a range of innovative solutions for mechanical plastics recycling from waste sorting to washing to improve the mechanical recycling process and to enhancing the quality of recycled polymeric materials with additives. We leverage the expertise of our partners like Sirmax to accelerate our journey towards a circular economy for plastics.
Sirmax Group, headquartered in Cittadella, Italy) is a leading independent European producer of polymer compounds used in all sectors: Automotive, Household Appliances, Power Tools, Electrical & Electronics, Construction and Furniture. In 2019, Sirmax acquired 100% of SER in Salsomaggiore Terme, specialized in the recycling of plastics. This acquisition is the first step of a larger project aimed at becoming an important global player in the circular economy business in the main market segments.
Ready for scale-up of pyrolysis
Plastics circularity requires a variety of solutions to address the broad range of applications and their resulting end-of-life materials. Chemical recycling technologies are suited for waste streams for which mechanical recycling is not applicable, for example mechanical recycling rejects or end-of-life tires. BASF has established partnerships with technology companies Quantafuel, Arcus and Pyrum which supply us with pyrolysis oil. We feed the oil as recycled feedstock into our integrated production network and attribute it to certified Ccycled® products through a mass balance approach. BASF customers have successfully introduced Ccycled® products in various industries like (food) packaging, textile and automotive.
ARCUS is a greentech start-up company founded in 2016. By means of its technology, it aims to use its technology to sustainably recycle plastic waste that cannot or only with difficulty be recycled in the carbon cycle and thus to use fewer fossil raw materials on the one hand and to master the global challenge of plastic waste on the other. ARCUS Greencycling Technologies GmbH is based in Ludwigsburg. For more information, seewww.arcus-greencycling.com.
Access to new raw material streams – use of recyclable insulation materials
Insulation materials play an important role in achieving climate targets. Their use for building insulation reduces energy consumption and thus saves heating costs and CO2 emissions over a period of at least 50 years. Keeping raw materials in the loop and reducing the use of fossil raw materials are overarching goals of BASF towards a circular economy.
This also applies to products in the construction sector such as Neopor®, so-called EPS, and Styrodur®. Together with our partner Bachl, we have succeeded in using regranulated EPS, which was produced from protective packaging, as a Neopor® raw material which was used to produce new Neopor® insulation panels.
In addition, we have launched the digital platform mcyclo, which can be used to efficiently organize the collection of Styrodur® off-cuts from the construction site. These off-cuts can then be processed into new insulation materials.
More projects to follow. Stay tuned.