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

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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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