PET waste in Brazil
About 80 million tons of PET are produced worldwide annually and these materials are normally used for a short period of time. Only in Brazil, more than 2.4 million tons of plastic end up in unregulated landfills or dumps every year. Mechanical plastic recycling does not offer an economically viable solution for all PET waste because of the following reasons: food contamination, use of multi-layer, colored and/or opaque packaging.
From an ecological and economic point of view, PET recycling is an urgent necessity. If the current business model (linear economy) continues, one fifth of crude oil will only be used for the plastic production in 2050.
Brazil faces a great need for a robust and economically viable solution that adds end-of-life value to PET products and their respective wastes. The revolBRAS project aims to provide an adequate solution to this challenge, thus including the necessary collection, sorting and reverse logistics, as well as the processing of PET waste based on the continuous chemical recycling technology revolPET®.