In line with the Plastic Strategy for Europe, the time has come to stop the depletion, landfilling and incineration and shift to a Circular Model in the plastic sector improving the recycling rate but also the value of secondary raw materials from plastic recycling. As such, MultiCycle will deliver an industrial recycling pilot plant for fossil and bio-based thermoplastic multilayer packaging and fibre reinforced composites using a novel solvent based selective extraction process which allows recovering pure plastics and additives in mixed wastes for their later reprocessing into value-added
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) are part of the molecules that have been used in great quantities to add flame retardant properties to electric and electronic plastic equipment. The European directive on waste treatment (2012/19/UE) imposes a selective treatment on plastics containing bromated flame retardants (RFB), after extraction of non-bromated plastics. These plastics cannot be recycled, buried or exported without a prior treatment guaranteeing that the targeted molecules have been eliminated.
In ReFOIL industrially relevant case studies are developed in which some of the common streams of multi-layered packaging waste (consisting of polyesters, polyolefins, polyamides, intermediate layers, e tc.) will be studied.
With the new sIRoPAD, Centexbel-VKC is now able to perform Near Infrared measurements to assess the composition of plastic samples directly from production or recycling.
This apparatus is suited for all non-black plastic flakes, granules or pellets up to ca. 100 grams per sample. The maximum measuring time is less than 15 minutes!
The RECY-COMPOSITE project addresses the problems related to the mechanical and chemical recycling of composite materials (pyrolysis and solvolysis) and the energy recovery if recycling is not possible. The applied research is conducted on the production waste stream of thermo-curing composites and of end-of-life in thermo-curing and thermoplastic composite materials.