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Improvement of the plastic packaging waste chain from a circular economy approach

Improvement of the plastic packaging waste chain from a circular economy approach

Objective

The European plastic market is not currently aligned with the circular economy. More than 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are produced per year in the EU28 being recycled only 29.7%. This represents a clear loose in the plastic market loop (losses of €10.56bn). Moreover, this goes against the EU legislation on waste (high environmental impact; 23.8 Mt of CO2).
Low recycling rates of plastic are mainly due to the situation of packaging waste (i.e. main plastic waste fraction), since it is mainly domestic residue and consequently the quality of the material collected depends on the system of segregation available and the environmental awareness of citizens.

PlastiCircle aims to develop and implement a holistic process to increase recycling rates of packaging waste in Europe. This will allow to reprocess again plastic waste in the same value chain (i.e. Circular economy; closure of plastic loop). This process is based on four axes: collection (to increase quantity of packaging collected), transport (to reduce costs of recovered plastic), sorting (to increase quality of recovered plastic), and valorization in value-added products (i.e. foam boards, automotive parts like engine covers/bumpers/dashboards, bituminous roofing membranes, garbage bags, asphalt sheets/roofing felts and urban furniture like fences/benches/protection walls).

The target is to increase collection from 81.7% to 87% and valorization in a 9.8%. The implementation of PlastiCircle approach in Europe have the potential to increase collected plastic in 861,250t (reaching 14.14 Mt) and valorization in 1.59Mt. The valorization of this new material, represents a market value of €2.86bn-€7.95bn. Taking into account current figures of the plastic sector (turnover €350bn, 62,000 companies, 1.45M employees), this could imply creation of 500-1400 new companies and the generation of 11,900-33,000 new jobs in the medium to long term if PlastiCircle approach is extended in a EU level.
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA

Address

Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 010 750

Participants (19)

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STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 1 636 637,50

AXION RECYCLING LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 260 137,50

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 313 000

GEMEENTE UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 556 500

FUNDACION DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA PARA LA PROMOCION ESTRATEGICA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACION URBANA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 328 625

MUNICIPALITY OF ALBA IULIA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 163 625

MESTNA OBCINA VELENJE

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 103 781,25

SOCIEDAD ANONIMA AGRICULTORES DE LAVEGA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 623 070

POLARIS M HOLDING SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 52 937,50

INDUSTRIAS TERMOPLASTICAS VALENCIANAS, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 150 850

Armacell Benelux S.A.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 146 753

Imperbel N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 329 043,75

CONSORZIO PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA CULTURA PLASTICA PROPLAST

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 386 250

HAHN PLASTICS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 178 806,25

ECOEMBALAJES ESPANA, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 294 500

Fundacio Knowledge Innovation Market Barcelona

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 311 250

PLASTICSEUROPE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 192 500

ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)*

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 375 375

PICVISA MACHINE VISION SYSTEMS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 359 625

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730292

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 674 540,89

  • EU contribution

    € 7 774 016,75

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA

Spain