Thursday, 13 February 2020
Yearly, Australia consumes around 3.4 million tonnes of plastics, and unfortunately, only 9% of it gets recycled...
Yearly, Australia consumes around 3.4 million tonnes of plastics, and unfortunately, only 9% of it gets recycled. Such bad news inspired Licella Holdings, an Australian technology pioneer, to partner up with BioLogiQ, to expedite the process of chemical recycling for plastic scrap that is deemed unrecyclable.
The ground for this partnership is set by Licella’s catalytic hydrothermal reactor (Cat-HTR), which can convert polyethylene into hydrocarbon products. The greatest advantages of this process are that it is able to deliver up to 100% more value than conventional waste-to-energy practices and CO2 emissions can be reduced by 45%.
Unlike other methods, the Cat-HTR is able to recycle a combination of end-of-life plastic materials, such as polypropylene, soft plastic and multilayered flexible plastic packaging, removing the need to sort them out and perform multiple operations. This can tremendously increase the quantity of recyclable plastic around the country.
Now, Licella Holdings and BioLogiQ are constantly working to find a way to monetise the reactor technology in Australia, which has the potential to host as much as 30 commercial-scale plants.
BioLogiQ will also be working with Mura Technology, their global partner, to present this solution to China as well. Taking this solution on a global level could be a solution to the projected 111 million tones of plastic waste that will be displaced within the next decade by the Chinese import ban.
Could the answer to complex plastics be an Australian innovation?