Application of circular economy to obtain fuel by pyrolysis from PET plastic by-products

Project: Research

Project Details

Project summary

Currently in Lima and Callao, an average of 886 tons of plastics are generated per day, of which 30% are recycled and the rest end up impacting the environment.
Consequently, this project aims to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste, giving them an added value. This project aims to apply a circular economy through the fast pyrolysis process to obtain fuel from PET plastic by-products, which is currently generated by the GEXIM company at a monthly average of 22 tons.

According to recent studies, it has been established that the conversion yield of used PET by-products to fuel is around 80%. It is estimated that at the pilot plant level, 22 tons of PET plastic waste will be processed with an estimated average of 17.6 tons of fuel. After validating the expected results, it will be contributing to the sustainable management of PET plastic by-products and finally it is suggested to take this proposal to an industrial scale in order to expand the treatment capacity of PET plastic by-products.
Effective start/end date4/04/2231/03/23


  • Universidad de Lima: PEN80,000.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


  • circular economy
  • sustainability
  • Disused plastic waste

Research areas and lines

  • Eco-efficiency and clean technologies
  • Operations and logistics

Kind of research

  • Applied


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