Plastic chemical recycling is getting a boost in Australia and China

- Jan 09, 2020-

News and interest in chemical recycling is spreading around the world.That includes Australia, which consumes 3.4 million tons of plastic annually, of which only 9 percent is recycled.Licella Holdings1 announced a partnership with BioLogiQ, a bioplastics innovator, on Thursday.By commercializing Licella's breakthrough catalytic hydrothermal reactor (cat-htr) chemical recovery solution, the plastic recycling economy is accelerated.With the support of BioLogiQ, Licella and Australian partner iQ Renew will commercialize cat-htr Technology in Australia, while global partner Mura Technology will partner with BioLogiQ to bring cat-htr solutions to China.Cat-htr technology recycles end-of-life plastic destined for landfills, returning it to its original chemical composition, which can be reconstituted into new plastics as a true recycling solution for post-consumer plastics.Len Humphreys, chief executive of Licella, said: "by pioneering a recycling solution for all plastics, we can harness the vast amount of plastic in circulation as a resource to prevent leakage into the natural environment, reduce our demand for fossil oil and significantly reduce carbon emissions."Chemical recycling supports established levels of waste, with significant reductions in carbon emissions compared to the conversion of waste into energy (incineration).In fact, using the cat-htr process to convert waste polyethylene into liquid hydrocarbon products creates 80-100% more value than the waste-to-energy technology and reduces co2 emissions by 45%.Unlike technologies such as pyrolysis, the cat-htr technology can recover mixtures of end-of-life plastics, including soft plastics such as PP, PS, LDPE, and multi-layer soft plastic packaging, without the need to separate the plastics into a single class.This process flexibility increases the total amount of recyclable plastic, thus increasing the process economy.The cat-htr process produces a high yield of petroleum -- about 85 percent -- from plastic, and the rest can be recovered as a gas to power the process.Brad LaPray, BioLogiQ's founder and CEO, said of the partnership, "we believe that cat-htr technology has cracked the code for scalable, efficient and economical chemical recycling.This partnership represents an investment in our future.BioLogiQ's customers will know that they support a bioplastics company that is as serious about recycling as they are.By accelerating and supporting the commercialization of chemical recycling, BioLogiQ has taken another big step in its quest to make plastics better."Through chemical recycling, Licella can recycle and recycle almost all plastics in use today, including those with renewable ingredients.In Australia alone, there are 20 to 30 commercial scale cat-htr plants.