Plastics do have proven benefits during their use phase – for example preservation of food loss, lightweight construction of vehicles and building insulation. Plastic waste, however, in particular plastic waste in the context of marine littering, is perceived as a major global challenge.
From plastic waste to new chemical products
Since mechanical recycling is limited because of an increase of residues in the material in each cycle, a team across BASF has taken up this challenge and developed the ChemCycling project. With chemical recycling, fossil resources for chemical production can be replaced with recycled material from plastic waste.
Chemical recycling can help reduce the proportion of plastic waste which ends up in landfill or incineration. There are also strong commitments of our customers towards increasing the share of recycled material in their offerings.