Blue Cycle – from plastic waste to sustainable resources

Blue Cycle was founded with the vision to change the relationship of the world with plastic, as its production is exhausting the natural resources of the planet. Therefore, Blue Cycle visualises a planet where all the produced plastic waste is collected and being recycled. This means that new plastic could be produced without using new natural resources and therefore removing additional CO2 emissions in the plastic industry. 

Blue Cycle has considered the relationship with plastic and developed a plant in which more types of plastic waste can be broken down into their valuable raw form. The chemical recycling approach adopted by Blue Cycle aims to aid in the reduction of fossil resource consumption and CO2 emissions related to plastic production and waste incineration.


A place where to enhance plastic waste recycling for a sustainable future

Blue Cycle has constructed a pyrolysis plant in Heerenveen with the capacity to process 20,000 tons of waste plastics. The plant is currently operating in the Netherlands using chemical recycling methods for consumer plastics. This plant heats non-recyclable plastics at high temperatures and transforms them into pyrolysis oil through a specialised process. The generated oil will ultimately be used as a substitute for fossil fuels in refineries and cracked to produce new high-quality plastics, and so close the cycle. 

Blue Cycle is working hard to develop a plant that will make optimal use of all types of plastics. Currently some types of plastic are not suitable for recycling – such as plastic packaging waste – however, they are being included into the pyrolysis process.

Blue Cycle’s technology  has the complete capability to recycle a wider range of plastic varieties, and reduce possible future fossil resources consumption and CO2 emissions, by creating a cycle to recycle waste, and turn it into oil. This is why it has been featured as a showcase in the HCH’s latest brochure ‘Chemical Recycling in Circular Perspective’, which is now available digitally here ‘Chemical Recycling in Circular Perspective