Recovery Technologies

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Technological change

Demands of legislation for the recovery of plastic waste rise in the foreseeable future substantially. To fulfil this becomes increasingly more demanding. This requires the introduction of new technologies in addition to the existing methods of plastics recovery.


Identifying, evaluating and, if necessary, accompanying such developments are the tasks in this topic.


Plastics recovery is more

We lay out the concept recovery for our approach far: We understand by recovery the whole chain from the collection to the material flow processing up to the real recovery:


  • Technologies for the processing and separation of complex mixtures rich in plastic
  • Technologies for mechanical and chemical recycling, as well as for energetic recovery of plastics


Status and perspectives of feedstock recycling of plastics

The target of the recycling of materials is:


  • To reprocess them as completely as possible after use, so that they are available for reuse.
  • To remove contaminants from the waste stream during recovery.


Particularly in view of these requirements, processes for the feedstock recycling offer optimum opportunities. By splitting the macromolecules into small, liquid molecules, organic contaminants are destroyed on the one hand, and inorganic contaminants can be separated on the other hand.


Feedstock recycling thus makes it possible to recycle the carbon bound in the plastic, as this is then returned to material use in the chemical industry.


Current studies show that such processes can be developed to such an extent that they allow a recycling for plastic waste that is still incinerated today.

First study results are available for this complex of topics: