Recycling plastic waste into high-value materials- Closing the Loop

  • Nikkanen, Ville (Manager)

Project: EU project

Project Details


Globally 359 million metric tons of plastic were produced in 2018 and Europe produced 17% of this amount. In the same year, 29.1mio tons of plastic waste was generated in the EU and only a third was recycled. While sorted and pure plastic waste can be recycled relatively well, a major problem is recycling of unsorted waste, which still holds a large share of valuable carbon feedstock but is currently either landfilled or energetically valorised, i.e., incinerated, both producing greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions instead of recovering the precious carbon feedstock contained. Hence, there is an urgent need to develop new technologies that can not only valorise unsorted plastic but also other waste in large amounts to yield material streams that can replace fossil material streams. One promising technology to recycle unsorted heterogeneous plastic waste is pyrolysis. While the low to medium temperature pyrolysis (400C) produces mainly liquid oil that needs to be fed into the furnace of the steam cracker unit (at higher temperature than 900C) to produce olefins, with our proposal, at high-temperature pyrolysis (
Effective start/end date1/06/2231/05/27

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Smart Innovation Norway AS
  • Evaluation Technologique, Ingénierie et Applications SA (ETIA)
  • LafargeHolcim España S.A.
  • Repsol Química, S.A.
  • Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT)
  • Repsol SA (lead)
  • SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd.
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • University of Castilla-La Mancha
  • Técnicas Reunidas SA
  • Prezero España SA
  • ARTTIC Innovation GmbH

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • recycling
  • energy and fuels