Hydrochemolytic™ Plastics Upcycling

Upcycling waste plastic
into 21st-century resources.

We have developed a chemical platform that transforms low-value materials into higher-value materials with the aim of unlocking significant environmental and economic benefit.

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Imagine a world without plastic pollution. Our technology can help build a cleaner future.

Today, HCT is at the core of Aduro efforts in value regeneration from waste plastics. The power and importance of HCT is that it takes direct aim at PE, PP, and PS that, according to the United States EPA, represent over 70% of plastics in municipal solid waste streams. And no other technology can!

- Marc Trygstad, CTO, Aduro Clean Technologies

Turning waste plastic into 21st-century resources

We transform waste plastics into 21st-century resources for the circular economy that recovers, regenerates, and reuses materials rather than discard them. Our patented Hydrochemolytic Technology can process a wider range of plastic that would otherwise end up in landfills or be incinerated, thereby regenerating higher volumes of waste plastics. 

The application of HCT to waste polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) can generate high-quality feed for naphtha crackers that produce starting materials for platform chemicals and more plastics. Polystyrene (PS), which is problematic for some chemical recycling technologies, also can be converted to valuable chemicals that include the starting material used to make PS. All of this reduces the demand for plastics produced from petroleum and carbon emissions from incineration of plastics.

Unlocking potential from plastic pollution

Plastics are diverse and their uses are beneficial. They are fantastic materials, indispensable to modern life. However, plastic waste is a growing global issue. Mechanical recycling can reuse only a small fraction of this waste as-is (like aluminum cans). A significant chunk of this waste, such as mixed plastic waste and contaminated packaging films, cannot be recycled mechanically and is either incinerated or discarded in the environment. 

Our regenerative chemical recycling technology picks up where mechanical recycling leaves off. It can convert difficult-to-recycle plastic waste into useful platform chemicals, feedstocks for the production of more plastics in a circular regime, and transportation fuels.

Value regeneration from waste plastics

Today, HCT is at the core of Aduro efforts in value regeneration from waste plastics. The power and importance of HCT is that it takes direct aim at the plastics that, according to the United States EPA, represent over 70% of plastics in municipal solid waste streams. Those plastics are PE, PP, and PS. No other technology can deal with all three and with the contaminants that come along in recovered waste plastics. But Aduro scientists are not content to stop there. They are working hard to expand the company’s technology platform to make better products and regenerate ever-higher amounts of waste plastic. 

Application of HCT to waste plastics has important advantages over chemical recycling alternatives. The regenerative chemistry innovation and its lower operating temperatures translate into lower emissions, higher purity products, and higher yields of useful hydrocarbon products from difficult-to-recycle plastics like foam cups and food packaging. And scalability means economies of scale do not limit its viability for deployment in remote localities with low volumes of plastic waste.