Dow-Topsoe Partnership Aims To Convert Waste Plastics

Nov. 15, 2021
The partnership between Dow and Topsoe marks a new initiative to efficiently convert waste plastics to circular plastics.

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About 300 million tons of plastic waste is produced every year on a global scale, according to Haldor Topsoe. A partnership between Dow and Topsoe marks a new initiative to efficiently convert waste plastics to circular plastics, keeping them out of the environment and responsibly reclaiming their value.

Dow will proceed with the design and engineering for a 10,000 ton per year market development unit using Haldor Topsoe’s PureStep technology to purify pyrolysis oil feedstock derived from waste plastics for use in circular products, according to Topsoe. Dow’s development unit reportedly will advance the technology for industrial-scale purification of circular feedstocks, which will be used to meet strong market demand for circular polyethylene. Dow intends to build the market development unit at their production site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.

The construction of a market development purification unit will help solve a key challenge in closing the loop for waste plastics. Topsoe will support Dow in meeting its 2030 circularity targets, including Dow’s target to enable 1 million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled through its direct actions and partnerships.

“Advancing the circular economy for plastics requires scale for feedstock recycling and cleanup that does not yet exist broadly, so we are partnering to help accelerate it,” says Diego Donoso, president of Dow’s packaging and specialty plastics business.

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