In addition to mechanical recycling – currently the most common method among waste processing companies – in Wageningen we also work on chemical recycling. In chemical recycling, we partially or fully break down or dissolve polymers to their original building blocks. The goal of this approach is to separate and enable the reuse of waste streams which are difficult or impossible to separate mechanically.
Our experts research which waste streams are best processed via chemical recycling, and for which applications they can be used. They also look at whether the costs of this conversion method can be recovered.