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Novel Identification Technology for High-value Plastics Waste Stream

Objective

The POLYMARK consortium represent the SME communities of Polymer Recyclers. The EU polymer recycling sector forms a vital part of the polymer sector and has an estimated annual turnover of €2,500 million generated by over 1,000 SMEs. However, our members have a major problem. Within the EU legislation exists (EC/282/2008) that states that plastic containers that have been used in a non-food application cannot, subsequently, be recycled and used in an application where it will come into contact with food. This is not true for other major world markets (including the US) putting Europe at a significant disadvantage and therefore a solution is urgently required.
Additionally, the food packaging industry is under pressure to use more recycled content but has difficulty accessing sufficient volumes of food contact approved recyclate. In our industry recycling employs a combination of techniques that have been used for particular applications with varying degrees of success.
However, they are all inefficient and expensive because there are no easy, reliable, rapid, low cost methods of distinguishing one plastic from another.

Therefore an opportunity exists to capture this, to date, untapped market by undertaking the project we propose. Our solution is different. Our idea is to develop a food container marking and identification system that will allow reliable separation of food contact approved from non food contact approved post consumer plastic waste. The novelty is that the plastic itself is coded for easy identification. The technology will also be applicable to other plastic identification challenges.
As well as benefiting the recycling community and the food packaging industry, it will also have a positive environmental impact.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

PETCORE EUROPE AISBL
Address
Avenue De Cortenbergh 71 Etage 7
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 289 727,08
Administrative Contact
Maria Estela Izquierdo (Ms.)

Participants (10)

PLASTICS RECYCLERS EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 361 507,23
Address
Avenue De Broqueville 12
1150 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Casper Van Den Dungen (Mr.)
EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF BOTTLED WATERS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 206 866,42
Address
Place Des Barricades 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Carine Bossuyt (Mrs.)
European Association of Plastic Recycling and Recovery Organisation
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 203 339,25
Address
Koningin Astridlaan 59/5
1780 Wemmel
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
An Vossen (Mrs.)
CLOSED LOOP RECYCLING LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 77 433,11
Address
Choats Road 16
RM96LF Dagenham London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicholas Cliffe (Mr.)
4 PET HOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 170 308,65
Address
Industrieweg 10E
6651 KR Druten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harold Udo (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 7 512
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
S+S SEPARATION AND SORTING TECHNOLOGY
Germany
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Regener Strasse 130
94513 Schonberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Perl (Mr.)
THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 12 876,42
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Hay (Mr.)
COLORMATRIX EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 33 108,50
Address
Unity Grove Unit 7 15 Knowsley Business Park
L34 9GT Knowsley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sarah Hulligan (Ms.)
MIKROLIN HUNGARY TERMELO ES SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 105 321,34
Address
Buzavirag Utca 7
2800 Tatabanya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivan Ivanovics (Mr.)