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Tuesday, 29 November 2022

A step towards ending those nasty fumes of plastic trash being burned, we hope

Honeywell explores bringing plastics recycling tech to Egypt: US-headquartered multinational Honeywell has signed an MoU with Egypt’s Environ Adapt — the waste treatment arm of Intro Sustainable Resources Holding — to boost plastics recycling in Egypt, according to a statement out yesterday. The two companies will explore developing in Egypt a first-of-its-kind chemical recycling plant using Honeywell’s patented tech to increase the kinds of plastics that can be recycled. The pair had apparently signed the agreement at COP27, according to the statement, but had made the announcement just yesterday.

Who is responsible for what: Environ will run a feasibility study to examine market trends, feedstock availability, the specs for the proposed plant, project schedule and financial modeling. Honeywell UOP — the Honeywell subsidiary that develops tech for hydrocarbon and manufacturing industries — will work with Environ to roll out its UpCycle Process Technology in Egypt, providing technical and commercial information and other kinds of support, the statement notes.

So, what’s the big deal? This UpCycle Process Technology recycles a wider range of waste plastics than processes, including colored and flexible plastics, multilayered packaging and polystyrene, Honeywell UOP’s website notes. The tech — developed and launched in November 2021 — can lessen the need for fossil fuels in creating new plastic products while allowing for “hundreds of cycles of recycling,” the website adds. Up to 90% of waste plastics could be effectively recycled if the tech is used alongside other chemical recycling processes and with improvements to collection and sorting, the company claims.

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