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Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy – PolyCE

Project description

Sustainable plastics recycling

The waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) plastics sector has not yet adopted the circular model due to the fragmented nature of the plastics value chain. Also, WEEE recycled plastics are perceived as unattractive materials by end users. In this context, the EU-funded PolyCE project will demonstrate the feasibility of a circular plastics supply and value chain. This will be achieved by significantly reducing the generation of WEEE plastics and increasing the use of recycled plastics in new applications. The project will focus on developing harmonised technical requirements that cover the entire value chain, as well as establishing a grading system for recycled plastics based on their material properties and suitability for specific applications.


Various activities address the WEEE value chain in order to reduce waste generation and enhance the sustainable resource management through use of recycled materials instead of their virgin counterparts. While the system for metals recycling is already well established, the rising volumes of waste plastics point to stalemates in the current plastics economy, which hamper its shift to a more circular model. Although there are individual efforts to improve the collection and recycling of WEEE plastics, the plastics value chain is still too fragmented and WEEE recycled plastics seem unattractive material for the end-user. To shift towards circular economy a systematic transformation is required, involving all actors in the value chain and encompassing the entire lifecycle of plastic materials.
While substantially reducing the WEEE plastics generation and enhancing the use of recycled plastics in new applications, PolyCE will demonstrate the feasibility of circular plastics supply and value chain. In particular, PolyCE will elaborate harmonized set of technical requirements addressing the entire value chain and develop grade system for recycled plastics according to their material properties and final application suitability. Accordingly, PolyCE will strengthen the market for recycled plastics through an online platform integrating the different plastic grades. In parallel, the technical and economic feasibility as well as environmental benefits of using recycled plastics will be validated in several electronics demonstrators. In addition, PolyCE will provide Guidelines for designing new electronics products with recycled plastics. The project’s impact will be scaled up by involving target cities and their green public procurement initiatives; by EU-wide information and awareness raising campaigns. PolyCE will establish a feedback loop from the research activities, provide policy input regarding technical feasibilities and policy conflicts from technical perspective

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Net EU contribution
€ 998 234,90
80686 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 998 234,90

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