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New products from waste PVC flooring and safe end-of-life treatment of plasticisers

Project description

Eco-friendly recycling of PVC floor coverings

End-of-life flexible PVC floor coverings potentially contain ‘legacy plasticisers’, which can no longer be used due to consumer protection concerns. Recovery of PVC in virgin-like quality through state-of-the-art recycling of such flooring is not possible yet. Instead, these materials are often incinerated and valuable resources are irreversible destroyed. The EU-funded CIRCULAR FLOORING project will meet the challenge of establishing a circular economy for flexible PVC flooring with an innovative plastic recycling process. The objective is to gently recycle end-of-life PVC floor coverings by dissolving such waste in a selective solvent and remove critical substances, e.g. restricted plasticizers (phthalates), to achieve a high-quality, virgin-like PVC material. The removed phthalates will be transformed chemically into non-hazardous plasticizers. Both, the recycled PVC and the transformed plasticizer are going back to the production cycle of new floor covering, pointing towards a circular economy.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 995 832,50

Participants (10)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 730 500
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 461 250
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 265 347,50
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte
Activity type
Research Organisations
SPHERA SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 240 625
Address
Hauptstrasse 111-113
70771 Leinfelden-echterdingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN RESILIENT FLOORING MANUFACTURER'S INSTITUTE VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 572 181,25
Address
Kortenberglaan 71
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Other
VINNOLIT GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 393 800
Address
Carl Zeiss Ring 25
85737 Ismaning
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AKDENIZ CHEMSON ADDITIVES AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Industriestrasse 19
9601 Arnoldstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LOBER GMBH & CO. ABFALLENTSORGUNGS-KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 37 500
Address
Industriestr 4
92431 Neunburg Vorm Wald
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 383 228,25
Address
Prinzregentenstrasse 52
80538 Munchen
Activity type
Other
AG PR ARBEITSGEM PVC BODENBELAG RECYCLING
Germany
EU contribution
€ 147 503,75
Address
Paul Baumann Str 1
45772 Marl
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)