first published on Linkedin 18th February 2019 - ammended

2020.02.12 Plastic Waste Tragedy of the CommonsPlastic waste not sinking in the Sea makes a major "Tragedy of the Commons" visible and hopefully triggers a change to our present way of dealing with such growing waste streams. But what we see is only the “tip of the iceberg” and how plastic descends to the deep ocean is, for the most part still a mystery. We can’t find the vast majority of the ocean plastic but in the mean-time we learned that besides micro-plastic there exists nano-plastic and both will probably not be microbially degraded in any period of time relevant to human society. If we continue depleting, spoiling and poisoning common good (oceans, atmosphere, etc) we may pass the point of no return.

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2020.01.16 KIDV CreaSolv ProcessWhy is the CreaSolv® Process consistently incorrectly described instead of accepting that it is a Physical Recycling process that does not destroy polymer chains? It is a Solvent-based Purification that meets the criteria of mechanical recycling (ISO 15270/2008 Plastics) but not the ones of chemical recycling.

The study of the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) is very comprehensive and useful. It compares the CreaSolv® Process with 3 chemical recycling processes (depolymerization, pyrolysis and gasification) in relation to CO2 footprint & process cost and proves that Physical Recycling is an attractive alternative to chemical recycling when closing the loop for a Circular Economy. It also shows that we need better definitions for all plastic recycling processes and a plastic waste recycling hierarchy, if we have to decide how to recycle or to design plastic articles, which are recyclable and not single-use.

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2019.11.13 Unilever Sachet Recycling 2In their update “Waste & Packaging” (published November 12, 2019) Unilever informs also about their achievements in regard to the CreaSolv® Process for sachet recycling. Through large scale industrial trials they have proven that the CreaSolv® Recycling technology is a technically viable solution to recycling sachets. The pilot plant in Indonesia, opened in 2018 and is actually the only facility in the world where this technology is being used to recycle sachets. It can process three tonnes of material a day.

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2019.10.24 GreenpeaceIn October 2019, the Greenpeace “False Solutions Report: Throwing away the future” incorrectly classifies solvent-based purification (dissolution) as chemical recycling for plastic waste. They follow/copy uncritically the expertise of Zero Waste Europe’s study “Eldorado of Chemical Recycling” and both miss an opportunity, offered by a technology that leaves the polymer intact... for what they normally have a preference for.

 

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2019.10.09 The CreaSolv Process is no chemical recyclingObviously there exists some confusion about what is the underlying science or principle for certain plastic recycling technologies. Having been confronted more often with incorrect classifications of the CreaSolv® Process as Chemical Recycling we see the need for correction and clarification. The CreaSolv® Process is a solvent-based purification (dissolution) that is based on physical and not on chemical processes (or changes). During the CreaSolv® Process the polymer only changes its physical state from solid to liquid and back to solid. Therefore, the correct description is Physical Recycling.

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2019.08.20 What is High Quality Plastic RecyclingThe actual classification into mechanical recycling, chemical recycling and energy recovery is outdated and incomplete. It disregards solvent-based purification (dissolution) as individual technology and the opportunities offered by this physical recycling techniques to recycle plastic waste streams that are actually considered as unrecyclable. A Physical Recycling process like the CreaSolv® Process leaves the polymer chains intact for re-use in the original application in contrary to chemical recycling (feedstock recycling) that always breaks down the polymer into smaller molecules. 

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