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Plastic #waste turned into valuable building blocks. One step more towards a #circular economy.
Plastic #waste turned into valuable building blocks. One step more towards a #circular economy.
Waste Waste Household

The American start-up BioCellection has developed a chemical process that can accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

With a chemical catalyst, plastic waste, which is difficult to recycle, is converted into valuable chemical building blocks. The vast majority of packaging waste from consumers consists of plastic. Because this consists of many types of plastic, recycling of all plastic streams is not possible.
A man on a beach collecting waste, bird
In the Netherlands, for example, in 2016 slightly more than half of all plastic was recycled from packaging that was put on the market.

Chemical recycling of plastic

BioCellection is working on a solution to be able to recycle non-recyclable plastic materials such as plastic films. In an interview with CNN, BioCellection's CEO, Miranda Wang, explains that with a new chemical process she can convert 70 percent of the plastic waste into chemicals. These chemical building blocks can then be used to make products such as nylon for clothing and car parts.
Miranda Wang holding a glass bottle
BioCellection's CEO, Miranda Wang

The start-up is working to further increase the conversion percentage. If the process is scaled up it can lead to significant cost savings. "Our process is cheaper than the processes used to make petroleum chemicals. The cost savings can be as high as 30 to 40 percent ", Wang explains. The sustainable start-up has already received a prize from the Westly Foundation for its trial last year. Moreover, BioCellection is a finalist in the Circular Challenge competition of Citeo, which is committed to reducing the environmental impact of packaging and paper.
Brown stones made from recycled plastic man
Stones made from recycled plastic.

By: Joyce de Thouars