FEIT Research Project Database

Developing a chemical recycling process to upcycle residue plastics

Project Leader: Shanaka Kristombu Baduge
Staff: Gang Kevin Li
Collaborators: Advanced Circular Polymers
Sponsors: Department of Industry Science Energy and Resources CRC-P Round 10 : CRCPX000010
Primary Contact: Kasun Shanaka Kristombu Baduge (kasun.kristombu@unimelb.edu.au)
Disciplines: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,Infrastructure Engineering

This project aims to propose an innovative chemical recycling solution for the residue plastics generated at Australia’s largest plastic recycling plant. After sorting plastics in the recycling plant, around 20% of the infeed plastics are sent to landfill. This causes a major environmental issue, reduces profitability and incurs cashflow strains to the recycling industry. These residue plastics have a significant proportion of reusable mixed plastics and this project aims to develop an upcycling solutions using chemical recycling methods.

The project is a collaboration with Department of Chemical Engineering.

Further information: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/cooperative-research-centres-projects-crcp-grants/crc-projects-selection-round-outcomes