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Removal of Legacy Substances from polyvinylchloride (PVC) via a continuous and sustainable extrusion process

Removal of Legacy Substances from polyvinylchloride (PVC) via a continuous and sustainable extrusion process

Objective

REMADYL aims at recycling so-called ‘old PVC’, i.e. PVC additivated with hazardous legacy substances (LS) such as low molecular weight phthalate plasticisers (mainly DEHP) and heavy metal based stabilisers (mainly lead). This ‘old PVC’ constitutes most of current hard (e.g. window frames, tubes) and soft (e.g. flooring or cables) PVC post-consumer waste. The presence of LS is a persistent barrier for PVC recycling as there are currently no economically viable solutions for their removal.
To tackle this major challenge, REMADYL will develop a breakthrough single step continuous process based on extractive extrusion technology in combination with novel solvents and melt filtration, which has the potential of rejuvenating ‘old PVC’ into REACH compliant high purity PVC tuned towards the demands of various soft and hard PVC products at market competitive cost (ca €570/ton, CAPEX and OPEX included). The process also has potential for other plastics applications, e.g. removal of (halogenated) flame retardants.
Using this process, REMADYL will demonstrate the circular use of PVC for window profiles and waterproofing sheets, providing a flagship example for the circular economy. The extracted phthalate plasticizers will be safely disposed (with energy valorisation) and the lead will be re-used in batteries.
REMADYL will deliver a breakthrough support to the Circular Economy Package and resource efficiency targets for Europe as recovered PVC will reduce incineration and landfilling. Assuming we recycle 400kton/year of ‘old PVC’ waste within 5 years after REMADYL, this will result in a reduction of ca 800ktons CO2eq and 8ktons lead emissions. This also implies the creation of ca 800 new jobs and a turnover of ca €280million. Safety aspects will be studied, leading to best practices, standardisation input and policy recommendations.
REMADYL consortium consists of 15 multidisciplinary partners, including 9 companies, and covers all expertise to maximise project impact.

Coordinator

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE

Address

Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 693 500

Participants (14)

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AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 325 680

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 681 180

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 170 900

DECEUNINCK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 373 500

DERIVADOS ASFALTICOS NORMALIZADOS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 202 888,75

PROMOLDING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 240 000

BUKL ID BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 161 250

AZOR AMBIENTAL SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 205 858,75

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 604 875

VERTECH GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 350 500

ENCO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 303 125

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS EUROPE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 183 000

OPENBARE VLAAMSE AFVALSTOFFENMAATSCHAPPIJ

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 159 218,75

VINYLPLUS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 177 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821136

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

H2020-EU.3.5.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 832 976,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 832 976,25

Coordinated by:

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE

Belgium