COMY Energy: Closing the plastic waste loop with chemical recycling

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The Chinese startup transforms plastic wastes to virgin-quality recycled products without releasing toxic gas or pollution and is attracting interest from petrochemical giants and waste management companies

Tackling the plastic waste problem now mainly involves degradable substitutes or mechanical recycling. However, only high-value wastes such as used shampoo and water bottles, which account for just 16% of plastic wastes, are sorted, cleaned, ground, melted and re-molded into new products. For most plastic wastes, the recycled products are of lower quality and have limited uses.
Ningbo-based startup COMY Energy has developed a chemical recycling process to deal with low-value plastic wastes such as films and takeaway containers that are hard to recycle mechanically. Through a process called...
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