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RECOVERY RECYCLING AND REUSE OF PACKAGING MATERIALS FROM POST CONSUMER WASTES

Objective


- Construction of: pilot plant for coarse separation of MSW, electrostatic separation plant for paper packaging wastes, steam separation plant for MSW and a hydrocyclone fine separation plant for plastic packages.
- Development of new PET/PVC separation technologies and composting procedures.
- Irradiation based-plastic compatibilisation and physic-chemical compatibilisation of plastic mixtures.
- Market analysis and life cycle analysis of the proposed MSW treatment and the conventional schemes.
The proposed research intends to develop an optimum automated and cost efficient recycling scheme for post-consumer packaging waste. The scheme will consider curbside approaches, sorting near or in shoipping centers and collection of mixed waste. Afterwards, collected materials will be separated into a number of streams using pressure and temperature, rotational sieves, magnetic and electrostatic methods, flotation in liquids and hydrocycloning, and continuous selective dissolution. The streams will be compatibilized by chemo-mechanical methods and ionization techniques. The resultant products will be reprocessed, and their properties analyzed. The major research tasks are:

1)Evaluation of cost vs. technical benefits of collection methods.
2)Development of an optimal coarse separation process.
3)Development of a high resolution cost-efficient separation scheme for plastics.
4)Compatibilization of fractions within a stream by chemo-mechanical methods and ionic irradiation.
5)Design and start-up of a pilot plant based in the optimal recycling scheme.
6)Assesment of quality of products. Development of applications and processing procedures.

The development of such system will result in an industrial line capable of meeting at low cost the requirements of the new european normatives concerning recycling of packaging products, with special regard to plastic materials.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GAIKER
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Zamudio
48016 Zamudio (Biskaia)
Spain

Participants (7)

ERA Technology Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Cleeve Road
KT22 7SA Leatherhead
INI MEDIO AMBIENTE
IREPA CRITT MATERIAUX
France
Address
19 Rue De Saint-junien
67305 Schiltigheim
JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITAET MAINZ
Germany
Address
Jakob-welder-weg 11
55099 Mainz
KTH POLYMERTEKNOLOGI
Komotini Paper Mill SA
Greece
Address
Po Box 1491
65110 Kavala
TNO INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Schoenmakerstraat 97
2600 JA Delft