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A Process to Engineer and Manufacture Medium to High Value 3D Products Using Mixed Polymer Recyclate

A Process to Engineer and Manufacture Medium to High Value 3D Products Using Mixed Polymer Recyclate

Objective

Polymer products have transformed society. Some of their many uses include construction, food preservation, healthcare, water distribution and sanitation. They are crucial in saving energy through their light weight and insulating properties. As a result the European polymer processing industry is of strategic importance to Europe. However, increasing feedstock prices seriously affect the competitiveness of EU plastic converters. Rising costs can no longer be effectively mitigated by increased productivity and cost cutting. Instead we MUST focus on higher value added products and increase our use of recycled plastics. Although 50% of Europe’s plastics waste is recovered, only 7% is converted into usable products. This is because it is often technically difficult and uneconomic to separate mixed waste streams, secondly mixed plastics cannot be processed by conventional technology and thirdly, phase separation often results in poor mechanical properties. If it were possible to increase the utility of mixed waste plastics this would significantly benefit European polymer converters, recyclers and minimise material going to landfill. The EuPR and EuPC represent over 50,000 of Europe’s polymer converters and recyclers and propose to develop a process that will enable the production of medium-to-high value products containing up to 98% mixed waste plastic. The project will focus on advancements in moulding and material technology, application of reinforcements and development of a design tool that will enable the European industry to engineer pioneering products using mixed plastic waste streams. The production process will reduce our member’s material costs by up to 50% and contribute to enabling EU industries to comply with the WEEE, WFD and EC Packing Waste Legislation. Substituting virgin polymer for mixed recyclate over 10 years, will divert 2178 million tonnes of waste from landfill and reduce CO2 emissions by 6209 tonnes.
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Coordinator

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES RECYCLEURS DE PLASTIQUES

Address

Avenue De Cortenbergh 71
1000 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 405 508

Administrative Contact

Antonino Furfari (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 347 574

Recycling of Used Plastics Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 343 040

Acorn Project Management Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 214 664

MIKROLIN HUNGARY TERMELO ES SZOLGALTATO KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 120 192,75

Caro FDS Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 437 068

THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 8 365

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 6 335

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 3 971

EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS SERVICES SCRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 6 124,80

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 243409

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2010

  • End date

    30 June 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 475 147,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 892 842,55

Coordinated by:

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES RECYCLEURS DE PLASTIQUES

Belgium