Our plants are equipped to convert end-of-life mixed and contaminated plastics through chemical recycling into oil or back to food grade plastic (Plastic2Plastic). The profitability of this process varies depending on the plastic mix (feedstock) used.
Conventional (mechanical) recycling cannot process all end-of-life or contaminated plastics. Our process complements that undertaken by mechanical recyclers and can convert previously unrecyclable plastics into valuable resources.
Polypropylene & Polystyrene
Polypropylene: examples include potato bags, drinking straws, containers, tubs, plastic garden settings, baby baths and plastic boxes.
Polystyrene: examples include trays, yoghurt and dairy containers, vending cups and produce boxes.
High & Low density Polyethylene
High density polyethylene: examples are crinkly shopping bags, freezer bags, milk bottles, bleach bottles, buckets, rigid pipes and crates.
Low density polyethylene: examples include garbage bags, squeeze bottles, black irrigation tubes and films.
Plastic Energy uses patented Thermal Anaerobic Conversion (TAC) technology to convert end-of-life plastics. Our process complements traditional mechanical recycling efforts and energy recovery activities, to help build a circular economy of plastic.
Our technology eliminates the need for incineration, offering an environmentally friendly and profitable alternative for end-of-life or contaminated plastics.
Plastics are heated in an oxygen free environment to prevent them from burning, and then broken into synthetic oils. There is no burning of the plastics but a melting process with emissions well below European limits.
Of the material produced 90 to 95 per cent is usable for synthetic products and the remaining 5 to 10 per cent known as ‘Char’ is a solid for various other uses such as fuel or additive or pigment.