Before plastic waste is processed into pyrolysis oil, it is shredded, as shown here as part of the Chemcycling project in a plant in Denmark. (Image: BASF)

The chemical companies plan to use their study to determine to what extent a circular economy is possible through cooperation along the value chain. They want to tackle the local challenges by having BASF contribute its experience from its chemcycling project and Mitsui Chemicals its manufacturing facilities, technologies and knowledge. In addition, the companies want to accelerate discussions with the relevant ministries, authorities and industry associations on the implementation of chemical recycling in Japan during their cooperation.

For the Chemcycling project, BASF is working with technology partners to use processes with which they can convert post-consumer plastic waste into pyrolysis oil. This in turn serves as the starting material for new chemicals from which other materials are created.

Chemical recycling is intended to complement mechanical recycling. Because some waste is not suitable for mechanical recycling for technological, economic or ecological reasons. Hiroki Ishida, President of BASF Japan, reports that the group has so far been promoting chemcycling primarily at its European locations, as it can benefit from integrated production networks there. The new partnership is now also intended to promote the circular economy in Japan.

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