ARV is a part of Australian technology development company Licella. Licella have a process to chemically recycle End-of-Life (waste) plastics into new food-grade plastic. We call this advanced recycling.
We have spent 15 years developing our technology and have a demonstration facility on the NSW Central Coast.
Advanced recycling turns waste plastic into a recycled oil that can replace conventional fossil oil.
It helps to close the loop on plastic that would otherwise go to landfill or incineration, making it possible to make food-grade, recycled soft plastic for the first time in Australia.
We are working to establish an advanced recycling facility in the Altona Chemical Complex in Victoria.
The proposed facility will utilise our Cat-HTR™ technology – which stands for Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor. Instead of incinerating waste plastic, this technology uses hot, pressurised water to breakdown the plastic waste into its chemical building blocks (in the form of oil) needed to reproduce these plastics from recycled content.
ARV is part of Licella, an Australian technology development company. ARV is looking to build an innovative advanced recycling facility in Altona, utilising Licella's next-generation advanced recycling platform.
Also known as chemical recycling, advanced recycling helps to close the loop on plastics that currently go to landfill. It complements mechanical recycling and enables a circular economy for soft plastic.
ARV and Licella are committed to working alongside the community throughout this project. Find out more about our proposed facility and let us answer some frequently asked questions you may have.
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Currently, most recycling of plastic is done mechanically. Soft plastic packaging makes up 40% of all plastic globally. However, mechanical recycling of soft plastics is challenging because they cannot be used to produce food-grade quality material. Advanced recycling closes the loop on soft plastic.
Cat-HTR™ is a form of advanced recycling developed in Australia by Licella. Cat-HTR™ uses “hydrothermal liquefaction”, which means it uses water under high temperature and pressure to chemically transform plastic back to its original building blocks, a synthetic oil (comparable to refined fossil crude).
This oil can be used in the existing plastics supply chain to produce new food-grade plastics. All plastics produced through advanced recycling of waste plastic can be food-grade, complementing mechanical recycling.
Advanced recycling is an efficient and environmentally sustainable way to recover plastic that is difficult to recycle mechanically. Independent modelling has shown that using the Cat-HTR™ to recycle plastic contributes to the circular economic and creates about half the CO2 emissions of incineration (also called Waste-to-Energy).
The waste plastics this facility will process are currently disposed of in landfill, or in the future may be incinerated.
We believe the facility will prevent a significant amount of plastic going to waste, alongside reducing the demand for new plastic from fossil resources. Also, a great environmental outcome.
We see advanced recycling as a bridging solution to a lower carbon future, it works within the waste hierarchy by reducing the total amount of virgin plastic we use. As a bridging solution we are not enabling the plastic industry, we are helping it evolve to a more sustainable future.