Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals 27-09-2021

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-Is recycling creating a toxic chemical problem?

Research just published by the US Environment Protection Agency has found that recycled paper and construction materials “contained greater numbers of chemicals than virgin products”. Some 733 identified chemicals, including flame retardants, solvents and dyes, “had greater occurrence in recycled compared to virgin materials”. The authors of the paper, published in Environmental science and technology, warned that “the circular nature of the recycling economy may have the potential to introduce additional chemicals into products”.

So, is the circular economy creating a chemical problem? Are targets to increase recycling and the use of recycled materials within products and packaging actually storing up potential health and environmental problems?

Quite possibly. “The issue of additives in plastics is a real one for circularity,” says Colin Church, chief executive at the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining. “Circularity is building up before we have that framework for chemical management,” adds Kerry Dinsmore, from Fidra, an environmental charity. “People are not talking about this.”  Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals

Is recycling creating a toxic chemical problem?

-Supply and demand for chemical recycling in  North America polymers markets

Targets set by brand owners and regulations have been contributing to growing demand for recycled plastics globally, particularly for use in food and beverage packaging. However, the supply of high-quality food grade recycled polymers remains limited.  Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals

In the long term, chemical recycling can be a potential complementary solution to mechanical recycling to secure supply of recycled resins suitable for food contact applications. However, there are uncertainties around the timeframe for scale, qualities of waste inputs, costs of the output and yields, as well as environmental impact.

Despite current investments in chemical recycling facilities, ICIS expects that industrial scale may not be achieved before the 2025 and 2030 deadlines for mandates and sustainability related pledges.

Supply and demand for chemical recycling in  North America polymers markets

-Semiconductor chip shortage will cost the auto industry $210B in 2021, new forecast says

Consulting firm AlixPartners also says that production of 7.7 million units will be lost in 2021, up from its earlier forecast of 3.9 million units.

The ongoing semiconductor chip shortage that has hobbled automotive manufacturing worldwide is even worse than originally thought, consulting firm AlixPartners says, and will cost the auto industry globally US$210 billion in lost revenues this year, a greater revenue loss than was previously forecast.

The New York-based firm’s May 2021 forecast had estimated a loss of US$110 billion.

In terms of vehicles, AlixPartners is now forecasting that production of 7.7 million units will be lost in 2021, up from 3.9 million forecast in May.

“Of course, everyone had hoped that the chip crisis would have abated more by now, but unfortunate events such as the COVID-19 lockdowns in Malaysia and continued problems elsewhere have exacerbated things,” Mark Wakefield, global co-leader of the automotive and industrial practice at AlixPartners, said in a Sept. 23 statement. “Also, chips are just one of a multitude of extraordinary disruptions the industry is facing – including everything from resin and steel shortages to labour shortages.”

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-Recycleye raises £3.5million to solve the world’s waste epidemic

Recycleye, the London-based technology company using advanced artificial intelligence and robotics to turn the world’s waste into resources, has raised a £3.5M seed round.

Having developed the world’s largest visual AI database of waste items, and low-cost robotics technology that automates dangerous manual labour, Recycleye enables waste management companies, including Biffa, to increase the purity and value of materials.  Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals

Led by deep-tech venture capital firm Promus Ventures through its Orbital Ventures space fund, and with existing investors Playfair Capital, MMC Ventures, Atypical Ventures, and Creator Fund all participating. The company’s seed round takes its total funding to-date to £4.7M since it was founded in 2019 by CEO Victor Dewulf and CTO Peter Hedley.

Already relied upon by waste management leaders Biffa and ReGen in the UK, and three of the five largest waste management companies in Europe, Recycleye will use the funding to scale and enhance the accuracy, scope, and capabilities of its world-leading machine learning and robotics technology. In addition, it will continue to bolster its team, expand into new European markets, and further consolidate within existing territories (including the UK, France, and Italy), and expand its product line beyond vision systems.

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-BASF’s engagement for the responsible use of plastics

With its broad portfolio and strong capabilities in research and development, BASF offers high-value products and solutions for various applications and constantly works on increasing the sustainability of its products. For example, our plastic materials are used in health, automotive, construction and consumer industries contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions through light-weighting (i.e., less fuel consumption) and insulation (i.e., less heating) or extended life of packed goods (i.e., less food waste). Examples include high-performance fossil, bio-based, biomass-balanced and certified compostable products helping to address diverse societal needs and sustainability goals.  Chemical Recycling Toxic Chemicals

Plastics is an important material class providing many benefits for our society and should be part of the future if we want to reduce our climate footprint. For many applications, plastics help to increase efficiency by saving resources in production and use phases. Over the life of a product, plastics used in buildings, vehicles, packaging or electrical appliances save far more resources than were needed to produce them in the first place.

Plastics are easy to process which is one of the secrets of their success. Even complicated integrated components can be manufactured in only a few steps. At the same time, they offer an enormous variety of unique properties in the different applications. At the end of their lifetime, there can and should be recycled – mechanically, chemically or organically. When the entire product lifecycle is considered, plastics are usually the best option – both economically and environmentally.

BASF’s engagement for the responsible use of plastics

-EU commercial vehicles registrations fall in July and August amid supply chain, semiconductor woes

Registrations of commercial vehicles – vans, trucks, and coaches – fell sharply in July and August, year on year, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said.

Commercial vehicle registrations fell by 11.9% and 5.4% in July and August, respectively, year on year.

The petrochemicals-intensive automotive industry has been affected in past months by supply chain woes and global shortages of semiconductors. Around 20% of petrochemicals output in Europe is sold to the automotive sector.

The fall during the summer months for commercial vehicles follows a sharper fall in registrations for passenger car vehicles, down 23% and 19% in July and August, respectively.

“This [fall in July and August] reflected the slowdown in demand for vans, accounting for 83% of total commercial vehicles registrations, given that the truck and bus segments actually performed better than last year,” said ACEA.

“Sales continued to be driven by central Europe (+23.2%), while new registrations in the key western European markets contracted both in July and August.”

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-LANXESS: Quickly separating black plastic packaging according to type

  • Black pigment from LANXESS for coloring recyclable plastic packaging
  • Enables reflectivity that is up to 20 percent better near-infrared detection in automated sorting plants
  • Reduced magnetic properties prevent false alarms

Consumers, environmental organizations, politicians and industry are increasingly taking action to reduce microplastics. Reusing plastic waste as a raw material also contributes to this, but requires that the different plastics be separated according to type first. “With our latest black pigment, we can help to increase the recycling rate for plastic packaging, which is still far too low around the world,” says Stefano Bartolucci, Global Market Segment Manager for Plastics in the Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit at LANXESS. With Bayferrox 303 T, the specialty chemicals company has developed a black pigment for coloring black plastic that reflects 20 percent of near-infrared radiation (NIR). This enables plastics to be identified efficiently and cost-effectively with the aid of NIR detectors like those used for sorting waste. “Plastic packaging colored with carbon black, on the other hand, as is used in large part today, does not reflect any radiation and therefore cannot be detected in sorting plants,” says Bartolucci.

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-Nestlé backs Yes Recycling’s flexible plastics plant

Nestlé UK and Ireland announced yesterday (22 September) it has provided Yes Recycling with a ‘pre-investment’ of £1.65 million for the firm’s flexible plastic recycling facility in Glenrothes, Fife.

Set to open “fully” by the end of 2021, the 15,000-tonnes-per year capacity plant will turn flexible plastics, such as those typically used in food packaging, into building materials.

Nestlé said its pre-investment was managed on its behalf by Ecosurety through the forward sale of packaging recovery notes (PRNs), to be supplied to the food company once the plant is in operation.

In a statement, Alison Bramfitt, group packaging manager at Nestlé UK and Ireland, said: “It is really exciting to be partnering with Yes Recycling and helping fund this new plant in Fife.

“We are working hard at Nestlé to create circularity for our packaging so it can have multiple lives and uses and doesn’t end up as waste in landfill. Being able to partner with pioneering technology such as this is just one of the ways we are taking steps forward on this journey.”

Nestlé backs Yes Recycling’s flexible plastics plant

-Infants have more microplastics in their feces than adults

Microplastics — tiny plastic pieces less than 5 mm in size — are everywhere, from indoor dust to food to bottled water. So it’s not surprising that scientists have detected these particles in the feces of people and pets. Now, in a small pilot study, researchers have discovered that infants have higher amounts of one type of microplastic in their stool than adults. Health effects, if any, are uncertain.

Microplastics — tiny plastic pieces less than 5 mm in size — are everywhere, from indoor dust to food to bottled water. So it’s not surprising that scientists have detected these particles in the feces of people and pets. Now, in a small pilot study, researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology Letters discovered that infants have higher amounts of one type of microplastic in their stool than adults. Health effects, if any, are uncertain.

Little is known about the magnitude of human exposure to microplastics or their health effects. Although microplastics were once thought to pass harmlessly through the gastrointestinal tract and exit the body, recent studies suggest that the tiniest pieces can cross cell membranes and enter the circulation. In cells and laboratory animals, microplastic exposure can cause cell death, inflammation and metabolic disorders.

Infants have more microplastics in their feces than adults

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,775 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton +425
Bottle grade PET chips export market 960 $/ton 1,015 $/ton- +55
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 6,625 yuan/ton +275
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton +250
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,870 yuan/ton 5,170 yuan/ton +300
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals Pure Terephthalic Acid
700 $/ton 710 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,515 yuan/ton 5,930 yuan/ton +415
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 710 $/ton 772 $/ton- +62
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 913 $/ton 916 $/ton +3
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 894 $/ton 897 $/ton +3
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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917 $/ton 920 $/ton +3
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton
+200
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +350
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,750 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8.600 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,650 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton +250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,180 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton +170
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 16,250 yuan/ton 16,200 yuan/ton
-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 2,000 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,300 $/ton 2,300 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 16,750 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,800 yuan/ton 16,550 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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18,900 yuan/ton 18,750 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,350 yuan/ton 21,200 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,800 yuan/ton 19,750 yuan/ton -50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,400 yuan/ton 10,950 yuan/ton -450
Benzene domestic market 8,200 yuan/ton 7,730 yuan/ton -470
Benzene overseas  market 975 $/ton 964 $/ton -11
Ethylene South 1,052 $/ton860 1,050 $/ton -2
Ethylene NWE  market 1,152 $/ton 1,126 $/ton -26
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,000 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,000 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton- +800
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 11,800 yuan/ton 11,700 yuan/ton -100
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Pure Terephthalic Acid
8,700 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +100
Naphtha overseas market  697 $/ton 711 $/ton
+14
Phenol domestic market 9,960 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton -460

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