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Innovative digital watermarks and green solvents for the recovery and recycling of multi-layer materials

Objective

This 36-month Sol-Rec2 project targets the development and implementation of ground-breaking strategies for improving the sorting, separation and recycling of pharma blister packs and laminate consumer packaging waste consisting of multiple layers of polymers and aluminium. Innovative digital watermark technologies will be further developed and progressed to TRL6 through successful demonstration of rapid and efficient sorting of multi-layer packaging.

Experience from working in the field of ionic liquids will be leveraged to develop a toolbox of novel green solvent systems (TRL5) that can delaminate multi-layer packaging material and selectively dissolve target polymers – reducing demand for virgin raw materials through efficient separation and recovery of high purity PE, PP and PVC polymers and aluminium. Socioeconomic and environmental benefits of Sol-Rec2 will be established through detailed life cycle analyses.

An exciting consortium of SMEs, research organisations and universities from 6 EU countries has been established, consisting of IPM2 (FR-SME), Aimplas (ES-RTO), FiliGrade (NL-SME), TWI (UK-RTO), University of Leicester (UK-UNI), Solvionic (FR-SME), Plastigram (CZ-SME) and Mikrolin (HU-SME). Partners bring a wealth of experience to the project covering plastic waste collection and sorting, digital watermarks, ionic liquids, polymer dissolution, recycling of multi-layer materials, reuse of polymers, eco-design and life cycle assessments. Generated knowledge will help to accelerate innovative recycling within Eastern Europe and reduce the complexity of multi-layer materials, leading to the design of more sustainable laminate packaging.
Sol-Rec2 will deliver sustainable production of high purity polymers and aluminium – providing recyclers with a valuable income stream, minimising the environmental impact and carbon footprint associated with virgin plastics production and bauxite mining whilst also making a valuable contribution to the circular economy.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2020-2
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Coordinator

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLATING ET MATERIALS SARL
Address
Rue Ampere 67
75017 Paris
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 864 175

Participants (7)

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 528 897,50
Address
Valencia Parc Technologic Calle Gustave Eiffel 4
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
FILIGRADE SUSTAINABLE WATERMARKS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 525 250
Address
Stationsstraat 16
7391 EK Twello
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 674 325
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 544 860
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOLVIONIC
France
EU contribution
€ 532 000
Address
11 Che Des Silos
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PLASTIGRAM INDUSTRIES A.S.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 436 750
Address
Exnarova 1035/1A
14900 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MIKROLIN HUNGARY TERMELO ES SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 496 163,75
Address
Buzavirag Utca 7
2800 Tatabanya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)