Plastic - with its endless applications, exceptional resilience, convenience and low cost changed our lives over the last 100 years. However this wonder technology has gotten increasingly out of hand. Over 8.300 metric tons of virgin plastic have been produced worldwide to date. As of 2015, approximately 6300 of these had ended up as plastic waste. Of these, only 9% had been recycled, 12% incinerated, and 79% accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12.000 metric tons of plastic waste will be in landfills or nature by 2050.
Petrol extraction and plastic waste pose an increasingly damaging pollution hazard and threat to the global environment. The Mediterranean Sea, cradle of civilization and centre of extraordinary environmental heritage, is today one of the seas with the highest levels of plastic pollution in the world. Plastics account for 95% of the waste in the open sea, on the seabed and on beaches across the Mediterranean. This waste comes mainly from Turkey and Spain, followed by Italy, Egypt and France. Europe is the second largest plastics producer in the world, after China, dumping 150,000-500,000 tonnes of macroplastics and 70,000-130,000 tonnes of microplastics in the sea every year. Large plastic pieces injure, suffocate and often kill marine animals, including protected and endangered species, such as sea turtles.
Plastic waste estimated to have been generated to date (metric tons)
But it is the microplastics, smaller and more insidious fragments that reach record levels in the Mediterranean Sea, the concentration of microplastics is almost four times higher than in the “plastic island” found in the North Pacific Ocean. Microplastics have also been found to make their way from landfills into the air and get distribuited across land worldwide. By entering the food chain, these fragments threaten an increasing number of animal species as well as human health.
“With plastic production and use continuing to rise, and companies and countries both committing to circular economies and increasing plastic recycling rates, the quantity of plastic waste needing a ‘home’ will continue to increase for the foreseeable future”
University of Georgia(UGA) - Science advances, 2018
Astrumfuel had its beginnings in 2016, when the founders became aware of the increasing challenges that plastic waste and pollution are posing to the global environment. Worried about future outcomes of the poor management of plastic waste throughout Europe, we decided to take matters into our own hands. With 25+ years of combined experience working in the Scandinavian energy sector and taking on bold startup projects we set out to build one of Europe’s first large scale plastic pyrolysis plants.
The company has a large network and support infrastructure in Spain and Italy thanks to previous and ongoing investment projects in these areas. Astrumfuel is a Norwegian holding company operating through a subsidiary in Spain, where we are constructing one of the country’s first plastic-to-liquid fuel plants (PtL).
Astrumfuel is working to build multiple other pyrolysis facilities across the Mediterranean in favorable jurisdictions, to kick-start a paradigm shift in the way plastic waste is handled in society and build a more sustainable model for a better tomorrow. Our mission is to convert plastic waste into high quality energy for a more sustainable future.
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Plastic types glossary - how we work
Through our proprietary patent-pending technology, we are able to utilize several different types of plastic commonly found in waste facilities throughout Europe. Although certain plastic types have different pyrolysis potential, we have choosen to work with a multitude of materials to maximize our environmental impact. In the chart below you can read more about the types of plastics commonly found in Europe and what sort of items that are made out of these.
Astrumfuel utilizes the following plastic types in its plants: PP, PS, PE. Are you a plastic supplier or a waste facility manager with access to these plastic types interested in collaborating? We’d like to hear from you.
Polyester fibres (Polar Fleece), thermoformed sheet, strapping, soft drink bottles, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling and (occasionally) new containers
Bottles, grocery bags, milk jugs, recycling bins, agricultural pipe, base cups, car stops, playground equipment, and plastic lumber
Pipe, window profile, siding, fencing, flooring, shower curtains, lawn chairs, non-food bottles, and children's toys.
Plastic bags, six pack rings, various containers, dispensing bottles, wash bottles, tubing, and various molded laboratory equipment
Auto parts, industrial fibres, food & storage containers, reusable plastic bottles and dishware
Desk accessories, cafeteria trays, plastic utensils, coffee cup lids, toys, video cassettes and cases, clamshell containers, packaging peanuts, and insulation board and other expanded polystyrene products
Other plastics, such as acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, and polylactic acid
Bottles, plastic lumber applications, headlight lenses, and safety shields/glasses.