Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has begun trials of an innovative new recycling technology which purports to turn low-quality, post-consumer plastics into high-grade material.
Developed by chemical company BASF and called ChemCycling, the process turns domestic plastic waste into oil using a controlled thermo-chemical process that cracks long-chain polymers into shorter-chain hydrcarbons. This oil can then be used as a replacement for fossil-fuel-derived oils traditionally used to make virgin plastics.
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