Plastics into oil at APR Plastics – Australia

Plastics into oil at APR Plastics – Australia

Posted on November 30, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Recycling


plastic recycling

APR Plastics has installed an advanced recycling unit that will convert hard to recycle soft plastics destined for landfill, such as chocolate wrappers and bread packaging, into oil for plastic remanufacture.

The WASTX P1000 uses pyrolysis, the process of applying high temperatures under zero oxygen conditions, to break down products. Manufactured by the Biofabrik group in Germany, it is the first of its kind in Australia and will process up to 1000 kilograms of plastic per day. One kilogram of plastic waste becomes 850 millilitres of recycled oil.

Three types of plastic – Low-Density Polyethylene (LPDE), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), and Polypropylene (PP) – can be processed.

How do they manage the different types of plastics, do they do a mixed stream or have to do separate streams for each?
How do they manage contamination of other materials in the loads?  Or are they hand sorting through 1000 kg per day to take out contaminants?