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PlastiCircle - Improvement of the plastic packaging waste chain from a circular economy approach

PlastiCircle - Improvement of the plastic packaging waste chain from a circular economy approach

Published 07 July 2017

PlastiCircle aims to develop and implement a holistic process to increase recycling rates of packaging waste in Europe. This will allow to reprocess plastic waste in the same value chain. This process is based on collection, transport, sorting, and valorization in value-added products.

Plasicircle EU project
PlastiCircle EU project, reprocessing of plastic waste

The European plastic market is not currently aligned with the circular economy. More than 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are produced per year in the EU, and only 29.7% being recycled. This represents a clear loss in the plastic market loop. Moreover, this goes against the EU legislation on waste according to high environmental impact. Low recycling rates of plastic are mainly due to the situation of packaging waste (i.e. main plastic waste fraction), since it is mainly domestic residue and consequently the quality of the material collected depends on the system of segregation available and the environmental awareness of citizens.

The target is to increase collection of plastic waste by 10 % and thus, the implementation of PlastiCircle approach in Europe has the potential to increase collected plastic by 860,000t. The new material represents a market value in addition in reducing the CO2 footprint of the packaging. Taking into account current figures of the plastic sector, this could imply creation of 500-1400 new companies and the generation of 12000-33000 new jobs if PlastiCircle approach is extended in an EU level.

SINTEFs main contribution will be the integration and validation of the results on collection, transport, sorting and recycling. SINTEF also contributes to transport optimization, recycling and life cost analyses.

Coordinator:
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA (ITENE), Spain

Participants:

  • STIFTELSEN SINTEF, Norway
  • RTT SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH, Germany
  • AXION RECYCLING LTD, United Kingdom
  • CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA, Italy
  • GEMEENTE UTRECHT, Netherlands
  • FUNDACION DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA PARA LA PROMOCION ESTRATEGICA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACION URBANA, Spain
  • MUNICIPALITY OF ALBA IULIA, Romania
  • MESTNA OBCINA VELENJE, Slovenia
  • SOCIEDAD ANONIMA AGRICULTORES DE LAVEGA DE VALENCIA, Spain
  • POLARIS M HOLDING SRL, Romania
  • INDUSTRIAS TERMOPLASTICAS VALENCIANAS, S.A., Spain
  • Armacell Benelux S.A., Belgium
  • Imperbel N.V., Belgium
  • CONSORZIO PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA CULTURA PLASTICA PROPLAST, Italy
  • HAHN PLASTICS LTD, United Kingdom
  • ECOEMBALAJES ESPANA, S.A., Spain
  • Fundacio Knowledge Innovation Market Barcelona, Spain
  • PLASTICSEUROPE, Belgium
  • ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)*, Germany

Project type: H2020-CIRC-2016TwoStage

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under GA No. 730292

Senior Research Scientist

Project duration

01/06/2017 - 31/05/2021