from plastic waste tO SUSTAINABLE resources
Blue Cycle possesses the complete capability to recycle a wider range of plastic varieties. The subsequent steps outline the procedure for transforming plastic waste into reusable oil.
The collected plastic waste enters the plant of Blue Cycle
sorting & processing
The plastic waste stream is sorted, washed, and shredded to be prepared for the conversion process
To convert the plastics into their raw form, they are heated according to the method of pyrolysis
A sustainable resource is the result: oil. This can be used as diesel fuel or ideally as a resource for new plastics
Plastics, while versatile, are being utilized in an immensely wasteful manner. The production relies on fossil fuels, and a substantial portion of the waste is simply incinerated. Therefore, enhancing plastic recycling is imperative to align with the emissions reduction targets outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Blue Cycle has reconsidered the relationship with plastic and developed a plant in which more types of plastic waste can be broken down into their valuable raw form. The generated oil will ultimately be used as a resource for new plastics to close the cycle. This reduces the amount of CO2 emissions related to plastic production and waste incineration. In this way, Blue Cycle contributes to the solution for the general environmental problem.
Blue cycle as a solution: in just 3 steps
First, the plastic waste is sorted, washed and shredded. The plastic pellets from the sorting plant are converted into oil. Heating the reactor on the outside converts the plastic, which consists of large, long molecules (polymers), into oil. The heating breaks the large plastic molecules into smaller pieces, creating a complex mixture of hydrocarbons that we call pyrolysis oil. Some of the molecules formed are so small that they are gaseous. This flammable gas is sucked out of the process and then used via burners to heat the reactor.
Plastic pyrolysis a proven technology which consists of a chemical process of breaking plastics down into their raw form and turning them into a raw material for new plastics (or an alternative fuel). In Europe only about 30% of plastic waste is recycled, most of which is achieved through mechanical recycling where plastic is sorted by type, shredded, and melted into new (lower quality) plastic. The remainder is either subjected to landfilling or is incinerated to retrieve energy. Unlike mechanical recycling, chemical recycling like pyrolysis can replace feedstock for virgin plastics, significantly increase recycling rates, and reduce the carbon footprint as it can utilise mixtures of waste plastics, including low-tier plastics which are often not recycled, and offers an environmentally sound and circular alternative to incineration and inefficient landfilling.
Raw materials for new plastic
The plastic pyrolysis plant relies on established and verified technology, ensuring a dependable foundation alongside skilled and reputable suppliers.