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“Co-Processing” the Solutions for Reducing Ocean Plastic Pollution

EXRI Asia participated in the seminar “Ocean Plastic Turned into an Opportunity in Circular Economy (OPTOCE)” to study technology and approach for reducing plastic waste in the ocean and possible methods for managing non-recyclable plastic.

This seminar was held on June 7, 2024, to share overall information of the OPTOCE project as well as information on waste management policies based on circular economy, Situation of plastic pollution in the ocean and waste management approach from government agencies and related private parties. 

The OPTOCE project, established by SINTEF research institute (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning, The Foundation for Industrial and Technical Research) and funded by the Norwegian Government to study the solutions to dispose non-recyclable plastic waste and reduce plastic waste leakage into the ocean. For the collaboration project in Thailand, SINTEF and INSEE Ecocycle study on Co-Processing of non-recyclable plastics in cement kilns by using plastic waste from landfills to produce Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) as an alternative fuel in cement production. The result of the study found that Thailand’s cement industry has a potential to solve non-recyclable plastic waste problem.

The co-processing in cement kilns can reduce fossil fuel consumption up to 350,000 tons of coal per year, prevent at least 650,000 tons of plastic waste leakage into the ocean, and reduce carbon dioxide & dioxin emissions


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