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Pyrolysis recycling


Technology Description

Pyrolysis is the breakdown of material at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. Pyrolysis can be used to convert mixed plastic waste into liquid hydrocarbons, which can be used again by the petrochemical industry.

Relevance for Net Zero

Improved recycling would help reduce the need for virgin production and can reduce downcycling in which a material is recycled into a lower value end. However, behavioural barriers also need to be overcome to increase plastics collection rates, and secondary production is unlikely to ever fully replace the need for primary production.

Key Countries

Italy, Finland, Germany, Belgium, US, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Norway

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