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    Aluminium laminated (AL) pouch packages and aluminium laminated Tetra-Pak cartons are considered unrecyclable, reducing their otherwise excellent lifecycle performance. This paper describes experimental results on pilot plant trials to recycle AL packages with a molten metal pyrolysis reactor. The experimental evidence shows that both package formats can be recycled and that clean aluminium can be recovered. However, the recovered aluminium from Al pouches may require mechanical cleaning as the consumer's information is printed onto the aluminium, leaving a carbon residue on the recovered aluminium. On the other hand, over 90% of the polypropylene plastic layer on the AL packaging pyrolysed into waxes, pointing to excellent kinetics. Moreover, an economic analysis of a 4,000 t/y commercial-scale plant demonstrates that a molten metal AL recycling plant is economically viable, achieving an internal rate of return (IRR) of over 20%. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


    Frank Riedewald, Edward Wilson, Yunus Patel, Daniel Vogt, Ian Povey, Killian Barton, Liam Lewis, Tom Caris, Silvia Santos, Maria O'Mahoney, Maria Sousa-Gallagher. Recycling of aluminium laminated pouches and Tetra Pak cartons by molten metal pyrolysis - Pilot-scale experiments and economic analysis. Waste management (New York, N.Y.). 2022 Feb 01;138:172-179

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    PMID: 34896737

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