New York City (NYC) annually generates an estimated 750,000 short tons of municipal plastic waste (MPW), 84% of which is landfilled. This study examined the potential of using NYC’s non-recycled plastics (NRP) as feedstock for three pyrolysis processes developed in North America: the P2O process of JBI Inc., the Agilyx process, and the Climax Global Energy process. All three processes decompose plastic waste by heating to a temperature range of 300–500°C by means of an external energy source. The P2O process requires the least amount of electricity per ton of MPW because it uses the gas product of pyrolysis to heat the continuous flow reactor. The P2O technology appears to be suitable for application in NYC and is discussed in detail in this paper.

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