Chemical Recycling is gaining momentum!

November 11, 2022

Europe wants to be climate-neutral, and it will only succeed by fully embracing circularity. If we want to achieve impact, and we do, the chemical industry must also embrace circularity. Recent developments in markets and policies point to a clear transformation and long-term change in the circular economy of plastics. Chemical Recycling is gaining momentum!

Discover the fast-growing sector and how chemical recycling is helping the transition to a circular economy in The Netherlands. Hear all about it at the Chemical Recycling Summit (CRS) on 22 November 2022 in Moerdijk. Register now!


"A start-up that manages to connect with a brand owner like Unilever or a chemical giant like Shell now can scale its technology globally."

Freek van Eijk, vice chairman of Circular Biobased Delta.


Made possible by Shell, Port of Moerdijk and Circular Biobased Delta Foundation. Chemical Recycling is one of the focus themes of the Circular Biobased Delta Foundation, and the Summit builds on more than five inspiring events around this theme in the past period.

The programme includes speakers from companies: Shell, Port of Moerdijk, Unilever, Inovyn. Clusters: Smart Delta Resources, Green Chemistry New Economy, Chemelot Circular Hub, Chemport Europe. And government: Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat and the Environment Agency. The main topics of the summit are value chain creation, political framework, vision of the regional clusters, pitches, and networking. 100 leading experts are expected from big business, government, research and SMEs; all working on the future of Chemical Recycling and making the chemical industry sustainable. The uniqueness of the Summit is that we will not only discuss the value chain, technology, and innovation, but also sit down with governments and implementing bodies. After all, regulations can be decisive in commercial success.

What is needed: coalitions

Large chemical companies will face a feedstock transition over the next few years: from petroleum as feedstock to waste plastics and organic residues or bio-resources. Each of these pathways involves enormous complexity. No company can do that alone. It requires new coalitions between chemical companies, waste processors, governments, knowledge institutes and technology start-ups. Buy your ticket here or find out more about the Chemical Recycling Summit 2022.

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Circular Biobased Delta was already at the forefront of chemical recycling around 2015, with the establishment of the Pyrolysis Experimentation Garden South Netherlands, together with Port of Moerdijk and Rewin. Since then, developments in the region have gained momentum: Shell is investing in pyrolysis technology to supply the company’s crackers with bio-based naphtha within a few years, Neste and Ravago are planning the construction of a chemical recycling plant in Vlissingen and the start of the PyroChempark project including the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom.

Chemical Recycling is an umbrella term for a number of technologies in which a chemical process reduces plastics to the original building blocks of the material (polymers, oligomers (pyrolysis oil), monomers (e.g. styrene) and/or small molecules such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen). Four different techniques are often distinguished:

  1. Solvolysis (dissolving, technically actually part of mechanical recycling)
  2. Depolymerisation
  3. Pyrolysis (cracking)
  4. Gasification