Every year, eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the world's oceans. These lost resources are worth around $80 billion. The problem is that so far, most plastic has been incinerated (only 14% is recycled). Around the world, mixed waste is always left over. In the case of non-technical plastics, it is 100 to 1,000 times the figure for technical ones. Mura Technology Limited
chemical recycling offers new solutions.
The Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution (HydroPRS) was developed in 2007 and tested in a pilot plant in Australia for more than ten years. With HydroPRS, classic non-recyclable plastic waste can be converted back to oil within 30 minutes. The method is far more resource-efficient than extracting fossil oil, saving up to five barrels per ton of plastic waste processed. Only water, high temperatures, and pressure are used to separate and re-assemble the cells. Just one plant can process 20,000 tons of plastic per year, reducing CO2 output by 28,180 tons. That is the annual consumption of 5,983 cars and the annual energy needs of 4,914 households. And the plant's capacity is to be tripled in the long term.