UNITED KINGDOM: BP develops technology that recycles PET back into new, virgin-quality feedstocks
BP has developed an enhanced recycling technology, BP Infinia, that enables polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic waste, which is currently not recyclable, to be diverted from landfills or incineration and instead transformed back into new, virgin-quality feedstocks. The company plans to build a USD 25 million pilot plant to prove the technology at its research and development hub in Naperville, Ill., before progressing to full-scale commercialization. The pilot facility is expected to be operational in late 2020.
"We have long experience and a proven track record of scaling technology and we firmly believe that this innovation can ultimately contribute to making all types of polyester waste infinitely recyclable," said BP's Charles Damianides, vice president of petrochemicals technology, licensing and business development. If deployed at scale in a number of facilities, the company estimates that BP Infinia has the potential to prevent billions of PET bottles and trays a year from ending up incinerated or in a landfill.
Source: Weekly “PetroChemical News”, Durham, NC, USA; 28 Oct 2019
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)