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Development of a Retro-Fitted Recycling Unit and Inter-Related Web-Based Logistical Software to Reduce Transport Costs and Improve Competitiveness of Organisations in the Recycling Supply Chain

Objective

The agricultural sector within the EU generates some 274,000tonnes of plastics waste p.a. of which ~88,000tonnes are agricultural plastics film waste. This equates to 250,000tonnes p.a. with ‘soilage’ (soil/grass/stones/etc). Agricultural plastic film waste has proven difficult to recycle commercially due to the high levels of contamination and its wide geographical dispersion which lead to high transport costs. This means that recycling schemes require financial support from governments and/or must charge high fees in order to be financially sustainable. Hence many farmers use alternative, environmentally harmful, disposal methods, such as burning or land-filling, which do not take advantage of the latent value of recyclates and do not comply with current and future legislation. Our project aims to achieve increased stability and growth within the agricultural plastics recycling sector by significantly reducing transportation costs and making recycling schemes economically and environmentally sustainable. This will be achieved by developing two technologies: 1) A portable recycling cleaning ‘unit’ to clean, separate and compress the agricultural film waste prior to transportation. 2) Logistical models and inter-related web-based software to optimise waste collection. This system will surpass the current state of the art by using air-flow (rather than water) and utilising the inherent properties of agricultural films to remove contaminants at the source. Advantages of the new process will be: the retention of a valuable biomass resource, >50% reduction in transportation costs and reductions in recycling costs and fees by ~€80/tonne and ~€20/tonne respectively. Within 5 years of project end we anticipate >50% penetration of the forecasted EU agricultural plastics recycling market equating to direct sales of ~€40million and cost savings of ~€55million, with additional opportunities through licensing as well as in global and secondary markets ie construction.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-2
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Coordinator

THE PACKAGING AND FILMS ASSOCIATIONLIMITED
Address
Mayfair Court 2 Northgate New Basford
NG7 7GR Nottingham
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
David Tyson (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 421 308,95

Participants (12)

CHAMBRE D'AGRICULTURE DU LOIRET

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France
Address
Avenue Des Droits De L'homme 13
45021 Orleans
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xavier Girard (Mr.)
ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE RICICLATORIE RIGENERATORI MATERIE PLASTICHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 308 873,55
Address
Centro Direzionale Milanofiori Palazzo F/3
20090 Assago

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Girolamo Dasgostino (Dr.)
Irish Farm Films Producers Group Limited
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 115 676,50
Address
Waverly Business Park Old Nass Road
12 Dublin

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Liam Moloney (Mr.)
MANTZARIS AE - EUROFILM
Greece
EU contribution
€ 104 137,25
Address
Thesi Tsakiri
20001 Zevgolatio Corinthias

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eugenia Mantzaris (Ms.)
PREVIERO N. SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 165 399,75
Address
Corso Xxv Aprile 167 B
22036 Erba

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dario Previero (Mr.)
TECHNOSAM SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 158 226
Address
Fagului Str 35
440186 Satu Mare

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markos Tiberiu (Mr.)
Plastika Kritis Industrial & Trading CO. S.A.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 20 344,97
Address
Foinikia
Iraklion

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Manouras (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 27 722
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Oxfordshire

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Dean (Mr.)
ELKEDE TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN CENTRE SA

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Greece
EU contribution
€ 8 872,03
Address
12km Athens - Lamia National Road (12 Chlm Ethnikis Odou Athinon)
14452 Metamorphosi, Athens
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Konstantinos Tomazis (Mr.)
CENTRO EUROPEO SVILUPPO APPLICAZIONI PLASTICHE SRL CONSORTILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 15 806
Address
Via Vienna 56
24049 Verdellino Zingonia

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luca Garini (Mr.)
C.P. COMMUNITY PUBLISHING LTD - DIGECO SYSTEMS
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 145 560,75
Address
Furnace Grove - Ballinaclash 5
Ballinaclash

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sean Breen (Mr.)
A.D.I.VALOR
France
EU contribution
€ 309 114,25
Address
Rue Denfert Rochereau 2
92100 Boulogne, Billancourt

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre De Lepinau (Mr.)