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Honeywell launches revolutionary plastics recycling technology

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Honeywell launches revolutionary plastics recycling technology

In a joint venture with Spain’s Sacyr, Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology will be used to convert 30,000 metric tons of mixed waste plastics into feedstock annually starting in 2023 – Plastics Today

Honeywell today announced the commercialization of a new process that will allow for more types of plastics to be recycled. It will use recycled materials to produce feedstock to make recycled plastics with a smaller carbon footprint.

The UpCycle Process Technology utilizes industry-leading molecular conversion, pyrolysis, and contaminants management technology to convert waste plastic back to Honeywell Recycled Polymer Feedstock, which is then used to create new plastics. The technology reportedly expands the types of plastics that can be recycled to include waste plastic that would otherwise go unrecycled, including colored, flexible, multilayered packaging and polystyrene. When used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical recycling processes, along with improvements to collection and sorting, Honeywell said that its technology has the potential to increase the amount of global plastic waste that can be recycled to 90%.

According to a study published by AMI International in September 2020, advanced recycling technologies could process between 5 million and 15 million tons of additional plastic waste annually by 2030.

According to a life cycle analysis calculated by Honeywell, recycled plastics produced via UpCycle technology may result in a 57% reduction of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions compared with the production of the same amount of virgin plastic from fossil feeds. The process also reduces CO2e emissions by 77% compared with conventional modes of handling waste plastic, such as incineration and landfilling.

Sacyr will be the first to deploy Honeywell's proprietary technology. Honeywell and Sacyr will form a joint venture where the two companies will co-own and operate a facility in Andalucía, Spain, with a capacity to transform 30,000 metric tons per year of mixed waste plastics into Honeywell Recycled Polymer Feedstock. Production is expected to begin in 2023.

The speed with which we can start up plants and the global viability of this solution has the potential to greatly accelerate the impact we can have on the communities we serve, the environment, and society as a whole

Domingo Jiménez, Manager of Sacyr Circular

The partnership will allow Honeywell to help close the loop within the plastics supply chain by bringing the recycling technology onsite to the collection source, according to the news release.

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