BASF announced in December 2018 that they will convert plastic waste into plastic feedstock.
ChemCycling is the name of BASF’s chemical recycling project that will convert plastic waste into oil (waste-to-oil). Chemcycling will work through thermochemical processes, where plastic waste is broken down to oil or gaseous products. These gasses and oils will be used as a substitute to fossil feedstock.
How does it work?
Plastic waste will be converted into oil through thermochemical processes. This oil will be cracked into basic chemicals at temperatures of around 850° in the steam cracker. These chemicals can be converted into basic plastic granulate (ethylene and propylene) which can be used to produce packaging etc.