AIMPLAS coordinated the LIFE ECOMETHYLAL Project, an ambitious European project that recently ended with the construction of a chemical recycling plant capable of converting one kilo of non-recyclable waste into half a kilo of methylal, a substance that can be used as a solvent and as a raw material to produce new plastics.
In chemical recycling, one type of thermal cracking is known as the catalytic hydro-gasification plasma (CHGP) process.
Also participating in the project were the Autonomous Community of Valencia companies BPP, ACTECO and AIRESA, as well as the Croatian company MI-PLAST. BPP was responsible for implementing chemical recycling using the CHGP process at pilot plant level. The project result is a small modular pilot plant that has been in operation since late 2019 at three different locations: Castelló and Ibi in Spain, and Rijeka in Croatia.
The advantages of the new pilot plant include the fact that it is mobile and modular, can be easily transported and assembled, and can be adapted to different kinds of waste. These features were validated during project development and it was also confirmed that pretreatment of waste using mechanical recycling helped produce optimal results.
The LIFE ECOMETHYLAL Project falls within the framework of EU LIFE Programme with grant agreement number LIFE15 ENV/ES/000208.