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Removing hazardous substances to increase recycling rates of WEEE, ELV and CDW plastics

Objective

The overall objective of NONTOX is to increase the recycling rates of plastics waste containing hazardous substances by developing and optimising recycling processes to produce safe and high quality secondary plastic materials and by optimising the overall process economics by integration. Increasing recycling rates is crucial for the implementation of a circular economy as clearly stated in the EU Plastic Strategy. NONTOX focuses on the removal of hazardous and undesired substances from plastic waste taking into account the whole value chain: sorting and pre-treatment techniques, recycling technologies but also post-treatment techniques. Valorisation of by-products and removed substances is also considered to enhance potential applications. NONTOX will target material recovery of plastics originating from WEEE, ELV and C&DW streams containing hazardous additives or undesired compounds such as flame-retardants, stabilizers, fillers, etc. Main secondary plastic outputs will include for example, ABS, EPS, PS, HIPS, PE, PP. The market for these polymers is massive as together they represent about half of the EU demand for plastics and yet a significant portion of these valuable plastics is landfilled or incinerated. NONTOX will further develop two different technologies (Extruclean and CreaSolv®) to remove hazardous substances from aforementioned plastic waste streams, allowing for increased recycling rates. NONTOX will also improve knowledge and state of the art concerning pre-treatment and sorting of plastic waste containing hazardous substances. Thermochemical conversion of non-target plastics and side streams from the main recycling processes will be investigated to increase system efficiency by integration and widen the range of final products and applications. NONTOX is conceived by a multidisciplinary consortium including internationally renowned RTOs, universities, key industrial partners and recyclers as well as product design experts.

Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Address

Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 872 630

Participants (11)

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 517 596,25

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA CAMPANIA LUIGI VANVITELLI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 304 125

RELIGHT SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 95 000

Fundacion IMDEA Energia

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 538 321,25

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 296 885

STENA RECYCLING INTERNATIONAL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 150 625

GALEA POLYMERS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 113 825

ECODOM-CONSORZIO ITALIANO PER IL RECUPERO E RICICLAGGIO ELETTROD

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 201 875

Norner Research AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 586 875

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 151 093,75

COOLREC BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 169 225

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820895

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

H2020-EU.3.5.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 998 076,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 998 076,25

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland