Dow to build market development unit for chemical plastic recycling


Chemical giant Dow is to build a 10,000 tonnes per year market development unit for the creation of chemically recycled polyethylene from pyrolysis oil feedstock.

Following an agreement with technology company Haldor Topsoe, the facility will be built at Dow’s site in Terneuzen, Netherlands.


The company plans to start initial supply of fully circular polymers to customers starting in 2022 through this and other projects.

Dow last week also announced:

  • Dow and Fuenix Ecogy Group are expanding upon the companies’ initial agreement to scale circular plastics production through advanced recycling with the construction of a second plant in Weert, the Netherlands. The new plant will process 20,000 tonnes of waste plastic into pyrolysis oil feedstock, which will be used to produce new circular plastic at Dow’s Terneuzen site in The Netherlands.
  • Dow and Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam finalized an agreement to purify pyrolysis oil feedstocks derived from plastic waste. Gunvor will supply cracker-ready feedstock to Dow beginning in 2021, which will be used to produce circular plastics for customers. The purification process is necessary to ensure the pyrolysis oil feedstocks are of sufficient quality to produce new polymers.
  • Dow is fast-tracking the design, engineering and construction of a market development scale purification unit in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, to provide additional capacity to purify pyrolysis oil feedstock derived from plastic waste.
  • Dow has established a multi-year agreement with New Hope Energy, based in Tyler, Texas, to supply the Company with pyrolysis oil feedstocks derived from plastics recycled in North America. New Hope Energy converts used plastics into pyrolysis oil feedstock, which Dow will use to produce circular plastics.
  • In preparation to deliver certified circular plastic products to its customers, Dow has received or is on-track to receive International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for each of its major European and U.S. sites. Certification requires an independent, external audit, ensuring product supply chains are fully traceable and that Dow and its suppliers are adhering to and accelerating sustainable practices.

It also recently announced a partnership with Mura Technology to support the rapid scaling of Mura’s HydroPRS advanced recycling process.

Dow Packaging & Speciality Plastics president Diego Donoso said: “The market is placing significant value on circularity and Dow is innovating to address the tremendous unmet demand for circular and low carbon polymers.

“As the leading materials science company, Dow is offering our customers what they need today and helping them develop more sustainable products, including 100% recyclable solutions or adding recycled or bio-based content into their products.”

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