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Renewables | Waste to plastic

As pressure intensifies on the plastics industry to take action with recycling and renewables initiatives, the global demand for plastics continues to increase. This puts pressure on the industry to keep up while also meeting increasingly tough legislative restrictions.

Meanwhile, global waste levels are predicted to grow by 70% by 2050, creating an attractive opportunity to meet all sides of the demand by recycling mixed waste to create plastic.

While current known solutions can produce plastic from sorted waste, and fuel from mixed waste, the high chlorine content in raw PVC (the third-most produced polymer) and impurities from other waste streams has meant producing plastic from mixed waste has so far been unachievable.

However, there is now a new way.

A unique recycling solution



Introducing PureStep™

With Topsoe’s groundbreaking solution PureStep™, we can utilize our hydroprocessing knowledge to remove impurities from the liquified feedstock. This means new plastic can now be created from low-grade mixed waste - including tires, municipal solid waste and products containing PVC.

Not only does this revolutionary solution remove the need of fossil-based resources, it also reduces reliance on costly and time-consuming sorting or decreases used plastic going to landfill or incineration.

A stronger position against restrictive legislation

All of this helps keep the industry on right side of future regulations and market pressure, as well as helping to create a stronger position, more sustainable profile and wider offering.

With 80 years of experience as a world leader in catalysts and proprietary technology, we are the first and only provider who can offer a solution of this capacity.

What’s more, this solution can be fully tailored to specific needs, and together we can create a profitable and responsible circular economy, where both the plastics industry and planet benefits from this recycling opportunity.

Investing in R&D

Topsoe is a company of proven high-level solutions which are driven by our investment in research.

Today, we invest about 9% of our revenue in R&D. That’s why we are able to create technologies, solutions and applications that help our customers anticipate and overcome a range of challenges. This investment, combined with our experience and expertise, means that we have the solutions to help you future-proof your business.

Catalyst support

Catalyst support

Our Catalyst Support is designed to support the combined weight of the catalyst, support material ...

Inlet diffuser

Inlet diffuser

Our Inlet Diffusers are optimized and customized for every unit, taking into account all your ...

Scale catcher

Scale catcher

A common problem in hydroprocessing reactors, is pressure drop build-up caused by various particles ...

Outlet collector

Outlet collector

Our Outlet Collector ensures even flow distribution in the bottom bed to maximize catalyst ...

Quench mixer

Quench mixer

Our Quench Mixer ensures efficient mixing of catalyst bed effluents from both above and from the ...

Redistribution tray

Redistribution tray

Our Redistribution Tray ensures uniform redistribution of the mixer effluents to the catalyst bed ...

Distributor tray

Distributor tray

Our Vapor Lift Distributor Tray (VLT) ensures uniform distribution of liquid and gas over the ...

General Technical Service

Topsoe’s General Technical Service employs the full weight of our knowledge and experience to ...

Catalyst Loading

Topsoe’s Catalyst Loading service gives you valuable pre-loading and loading guidance that can help ...

Plant Assessment / Optimization

A Topsoe Plant Assessment/Optimization can identify and help you solve issues standing in the way ...

Sampling & Analysis

Our Sampling & Analysis service is your direct route to the detailed insight it takes to make ...


Our Troubleshooting service draws on the full range of Topsoe’s insight into catalysts, equipment ...

Start-up & Reduction / Activation

Our Start-up & Reduction/Activation service supports you before, during and after start-up to make ...

Project development

We facilitate all relevant contracts to meet both the debt and the equity financing requirements.

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