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Dow and Mura to Build Europe’s Largest Recycling Plant for Advanced Plastics

Leading materials science firm, Dow, and global advanced recycling solutions provider, Mura Technology, have partnered to address the issue of global plastic waste and promote circular economy manufacturing.

Mura plans to construct a new recycling facility in Boehlen, Germany, on Dow’s premises. This facility will be the largest of its kind in Europe, converting used plastics into oil. The facility is expected to have a production capacity of 120,000 tons per year and become operational by 2025.

The partnership aims to build advanced recycling plants in Europe and the United States with a goal of recycling 600,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually by 2030, making Dow a world leader in the use of renewable raw materials for polyethylene production.

Mura’s Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution (HydroPRS) uses supercritical steam to convert almost any plastic back into oil and precursors for new plastics that are equivalent to those produced from fossil fuels. This process allows for multiple recycling of post-use plastic and reduces single-use plastic waste, CO2 emissions, and dependency on fossil fuels.

The use of Dow’s premises will also reduce transportation-related carbon emissions, and the waste gas generated from the process can be converted into plastic, resulting in a zero-waste process.

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