Revolutionizing plastics recycling

We want to be part of the solution for the global challenge of plastics recycling. How can we work together to change all plastic waste into reusable, high quality products and materials? Join us and imagine chemistry… creating a breakthrough in plastics recycling.

About the challengeBackground informationThe world has created a gigantic pile of plastic waste – often referred to as “Plastic Soup”. Without action it could double in size over the next 10 years, impacting the Asian regions the most. As AkzoNobel we want to be part of the solution for this global challenge.There are several ways to contribute to the solution. From making plastics biodegradable, to introducing alternative products, reducing the use of plastics and recycling. The last one, recycling, can be a very effective solution. The current challenge is to recycle plastics into high quality products and materials that have the same performance and functionalities as traditional plastics made from oil. This offers us a tremendous opportunity. If we could find a way to transform used plastics into high performance materials and products, we could dramatically reduce the use of traditional raw materials and solve (part of) the waste problem at the same time.Where you fit inWe are looking for technologies to recycle end-of-life plastics, especially in areas that complement our existing technologies and are carbon-friendly. Our focus is on finding solutions to recycle the large waste streams, e.g. thermosets, thermoplastics and rubbers.Work with usWe know that together we can approach the level of virgin quality plastic. How can we transform all plastic waste into reusable, high quality products and materials? If you have ideas on how we could work together to achieve this dream, we welcome you to join us in our Imagine Chemistry Challenge.Judging criteria

  • Driven by sustainability
  • New business model  
  • Implementation time
  • Fits current technologies and markets (can be new customers)