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Breakthrough Technology for Plastic and Rubber Waste Circular TPE

Project description

The greenest TPEs in the world

Nearly every industry – automotive, building, construction, packaging, and toys – uses plastics and rubbers. Unfortunately, these materials do not degrade but remain in the environment for a long time. Plastic and rubber waste requires special methods for its recycling. In this context, the EU-funded Ecoplastomer project has developed a process that allows the mixing of recycled scrap tyres with post-consumer plastic to create circular ecoplastomers (TPEs). They are made exclusively of discarded recycled plastic and recycled tyre rubber, without any chemicals and additives. This makes them the greenest TPEs available globally. The project will scale up the technology with EIC Accelerator support.

Objective

Plastics and rubbers are broadly used to produce different products. Unfortunately, their waste does not degrade and remain in the environment. An increasing amount of generated plastic and rubber waste requires suitable methods for their recycling. One of the “greener” applications of both materials is to use them in the production of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). However, made in this simple but inefficient way TPEs show poor mechanical performance as a result of incompatibility of polymer blends, hence their applications in industry are very limited.
At Ecopolplast, we have created a process that allows mixing recycled scrap tyres with post-consumer plastic creating circular Ecoplastomers (TPEs) that are the greenest TPEs available globally, made exclusively of discarded recycled plastic and recycled tyre rubber and without any chemicals and additives.
We have confirmed that our technology works (TRL 6) and now need EIC Accelerator support to scale up the technology.

Coordinator

ECOPOLPLAST SPOLKA ZOO
Net EU contribution
€ 2 473 268,46
Address
WYSPIANSKIEGO 13A
84 300 LEBORK
Poland

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Makroregion północny Pomorskie Słupski
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 3 533 240,66