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4 April 2023
Mura Technology were recently featured in Handelsblatt’s special recycling issue, published in April.
The original link can be viewed here, and translated copy is below:
HANDELSBLATT, APRIL 2023
Whilst mechanical recycling can process some plastic effectively with a low carbon footprint, there are large volumes of mixed waste plastic that cannot be recycled this way. From the approximately 6 million tonnes of plastic waste produced in Germany every year, only 50% is recycled, including plastics from the dual system and commercial waste.
In many cases, the unrecycled plastics are contaminated and sent to incineration, where each tonne of plastic waste produces approximately 3 tonnes of CO2. A new, independent study shows that Mura Technology’s waster-based HydroPRS™ advanced recycling process saves c. 1.8 tonnes of CO2 eq. when compared to the incineration of one tonne of plastic waste.
“Incineration of post-use plastic is a huge waste of resources” says Oliver Borek, Chief Commercial Officer at Mura Technology.
According to Oliver, existing infrastructures are not in a position to recycle sufficient quantities of plastic and create a circular economy – nor will they be in the future without the implementation of infinite recycling processes like HydroPRS™. Where mechanical recycling limits arise, advanced recycling provides a complementary process and should be further developed into future infrastructures for optimum plastic recycling capacity. Creating significant added value, advanced recycling like HydroPRS™ ensures that recycling rates are increased and emissions reduced.
With the development of HydroPRS™, plastic waste no longer needs to be sent to incineration. A 2023 Life Cycle Assessment showed that the HydroPRS™ process reduces climate impact by 80%, when compared to incineration.
“HydroPRS™ will help to ensure that millions of tonnes of plastic waste are recycled in the future, instead of being sent to landfill, incineration or leaked into the environment. Mura’s process breaks down plastics and produces hydrocarbon intermediates – which are needed in the chemical industry as a substitute for fossil raw materials.” says Borek.
Mura’s low carbon, scalable process also brings significant economic and social value, whilst helping to close the loop for plastic waste and moving ever closer to net zero.