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By: Heather Caliendo 31. July 2018

Neste Looks To Use Waste Plastic As New Raw Material

Neste, a Helsinki-based producer of renewable diesel, is now exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil fuel refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to an industrial scale trial in 2019. The company’s eventual target is to process more than one million tons of waste plastic annually by 2030.

"Neste has been ranked the world's second most sustainable company, and we are already the world's largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues. Our target is to also be a leader in low-carbon refining and support circular economy by developing innovative solutions based on waste plastic," says Matti Lehmus, executive vice president of Neste’s Oil Products business area.

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Scientists from the University of Georgia have calculated the potential global impact of China’s National Sword campaign and how it might affect efforts to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the world’s landfills and natural environment. The university recently published its findings in the journal Science Advances.

“We know from our previous studies that only 9 percent of all plastic ever produced has been recycled, and the majority of it ends up in landfills or the natural environment,” says Jenna Jambeck, associate professor in UGA’s College of Engineering and co-author of the study. “About 111 million metric tons of plastic waste is going to be displaced because of the import ban through 2030, so we’re going to have to develop more robust recycling programs domestically and rethink the use and design of plastic products if we want to deal with this waste responsibly.”

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Producing plastics parts in today’s global competitive market is not easy. Engineers and designers face demanding requirements for quality, cost and time to market.  One way injection molding professionals are addressing these demands is through the integration of simulation software.

Join Plastics Technology and Autodesk’s Named Accounts Technical Specialist Jeff Higgins for a free webinar detailing ways to implement easy-to-use simulation workflows to reduce downstream risk.

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There is still time to register for Plastics Technology’s first-of-its-kind extrusion conference. The entire agenda has been finalized, and you can find it and all other relevant details about  the event by clicking on Extrusion 2018 Conference.

It’s going to be held Sept. 18-20 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. It’s our first Extrusion Conference in Cleveland, following three successful events in Charlotte.

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Austria-based polyolefin producers Borealis is one resin producer that is stepping up its activities in recycling. The company made its initial entry into the space with the acquisition of German plastics recycling companies mtm plastics GmbH and its sister company mtm compact GmbH just two years ago, and has since made significant investments in upgrading and boosting production at both facilities. Their focus is on rigid, injection molding markets.

Now, the company has signed an agreement to acquire Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling GmbH of Wildon, Austria. The company annually processes around 35,000 m.t. (77,161,792 lb) of post-consumer plastic waste from households and industrial consumers, turning it into high-quality LDPE and HDPE recyclates, primarily but not exclusively for the plastic film market. The company recycles flexibles from highly-contaminated post-consumer waste and the resultant recyclate is said to be suitable for thin-film production.

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