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Tech & Science BP to test technology to recycle plastic bottles again and again

07:50  28 october  2019
07:50  28 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BP plans to build a million pilot plant to test new technology the energy company says will allow plastic bottles and food packaging to be recycled again and again . Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is one of the most widely recycled plastics .

Only around 60 percent of PET used for bottles is recovered, with the vast majority recycled only once before being either buried in landfills or burnt as the current recycling process leaves a lot of impurities.

FILE PHOTO: Bundles of pressed PET bottles are seen at the Transcycle Transport & Recycling AG company in Neuenhof© Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann FILE PHOTO: Bundles of pressed PET bottles are seen at the Transcycle Transport & Recycling AG company in Neuenhof LONDON (Reuters) - BP plans to build a $25 million pilot plant to test new technology the energy company says will allow plastic bottles and food packaging to be recycled again and again.

Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is one of the most widely recycled plastics. About 27 million tonnes of PET is used annually in packaging, with bottles accounting for around 23 million tonnes of that, BP said in a statement, citing data from consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

However, only around 60% of PET used for bottles is recovered, with the vast majority recycled only once before being either buried in landfill or burnt as the current recycling process leaves a lot of impurities.

BP to test technology to recycle plastic bottles again and again

  BP to test technology to recycle plastic bottles again and again BP to test technology to recycle plastic bottles again and againHowever, only around 60% of PET used for bottles is recovered, with the vast majority recycled only once before being either buried in landfill or burnt as the current recycling process leaves a lot of impurities.

LONDON (Reuters) – BP plans to build a million (£19 million) pilot plant to test new technology the energy company says will allow plastic . By Reuters• last updated: 24/10/2019 - 16:04. FILE PHOTO: Bundles of pressed PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles made out of plastic are seen

LONDON — BP plans to build a million pilot plant to test new technology the energy company says will allow plastic bottles and food packaging to be recycled again and again . Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is one of the most widely recycled plastics .

BP said that its new recycling technology, named Infinia, can transform used PET plastics into brand-new plastic feedstock, allowing them to be recycled repeatedly.

The company will build a $25 million plant in the United States in 2020 to test the technology before deciding on whether it can be fully commercialized.

BP's head of refining and petrochemicals Tufan Erginbilgic said the technology was a "game-changer" for the plastics recycling industry.

"It is an important stepping stone in enabling a stronger circular economy in the polyester industry and helping to reduce unmanaged plastic waste," Erginbilgic said.

(Reporting by Ron Bousso; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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