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Honeywell’s UpCycle Advanced Recycling Tech Enters China

China Tianying will convert 30,000 tons of mixed-waste plastics per year into recycled polymer feedstock for plastic market circularity.

July 28, 2022

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Pyrolysis oil derived from mixed post-consumer plastic waste serves as a recycled polymer feedstock.Image courtesy of Honeywell

China Tianying (CTNY) will apply Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology in a planned plastics recycling factory in Jiangsu Province. The facility will convert mixed waste plastics into recycled polymer feedstock (RPF), enabling the development of a circular economy for plastics.

It will become the first commercialized waste plastics recycling facility using Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology in China.

The plant will be able to convert mixed waste plastics into recycled polymer feedstock utilizing Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology. Honeywell UOP will provide related engineering work and technical services for the project up to its startup and commissioning, and provide technical support services for the plant's operation, optimization, monitoring, and maintenance during its lifetime.  

CNTY intends to use the technology in building more waste plastics recycling plants in the future. The two parties will also explore potential collaboration in various fields, including waste plastics pre-treatment and pyrolysis equipment manufacturing. 

The technology expands the types of plastics that can be recycled to include waste plastic that would otherwise go unrecycled, including colored, flexible, multilayered packaging and polystyrene.

“Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology not only expands the types of recyclable plastics that helps close the loop within the plastics supply chain, but also helps minimize consumption of fossil fuels over the course of virgin plastics production, reducing the carbon footprint,” says Vimal Kapur, president and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. “We are glad to collaborate with CNTY on commercializing this innovative technology in China. The application addresses challenges posed by waste plastics and promotes a circular economy in China and the world, enabling a more sustainable future of plastics industry.”

Honeywell’s ready-now technology uses industry-leading molecular conversion, pyrolysis, and contaminants management technology to convert waste plastic back to RPF, which is then used to create new plastics.

The UpCycle Process technology expands the types of plastics that can be recycled to include waste plastic that would otherwise go unrecycled, including colored, flexible, multilayered packaging and polystyrene. When used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical recycling processes, along with improvements to collection and sorting, Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology has the potential to increase the amount of global plastic waste that can be recycled up to an estimated 90%. This would represent a considerable increase in the amount of waste plastics that can be turned into polymer feedstock.

"A benchmark project in resource recycling."

“We look forward to working with Honeywell on establishing a benchmark project in resource recycling,” says Yan Shengjun, Chairman of CNTY. “By jointly tapping into the technological and social values of such a project, we will promote green development and improve the quality of the environment where we live. CNTY taps into its diverse experiences in superior environmental management along with Honeywell’s ground-breaking technology for waste plastics recycling, enabling us to play a leading role in promoting resource recycling.”

CNTY is engaged in zero-carbon clean energy technologies, smart urban environmental services, and resource recycling and recovery. Its businesses extend from smart urban environmental services, waste-to-energy power generation, renewable energy power generation, regional energy centers, hydrogen energy centers to the investment, construction, and operation of circular economy industrial parks. It is also involved in the reduction, recycling, and harmless treatment of kitchen waste, hazardous waste, and construction and demolition waste, as well as the research, development, and manufacturing of environmental protection equipment and energy storage systems.

Honeywell committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. This commitment builds on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. About 60% of Honeywell’s new product introduction research and development investment is directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.

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