Converting plastic waste to clean oil
Converting plastics to clean, low-carbon and almost sulfur-free oil is not new. This process is called pyrolysis and has been experimented with since the 1970s. The problem with these earlier pyrolysis systems was that they were very environmentally polluting and unprofitable.
Nevertheless, the development of pyrolysis technologies has made great progress in recent years. In the meantime, there are various, small and large, pyrolysis systems on the market (many of which are still under development) that run continuously, are highly cost-effective and, moreover, do not emit any harmful substances.
The European Union is also taking action against the plastic pollution, especially since countries such as China no longer want to import our plastic waste. Partly for this reason, the EU adopted new regulations at the end of 2018 that stipulate that from 2021 onwards, oil companies must add at least 1.5% of this Advanced Biofuel to regular fuels. In 2030 this must be at least 10%. (ref.)