RECIPLAST project aims to improve the environmental sustainability of automotive and packaging plastic components, through the development of separation, recycling and valorization solutions of those post-consume fractions and industrial waste that still represent a critical issue in their capacity to be recycled and reuse.
Starting from the existing technologies, some of which are part of partners’ background, new technical solutions will be developed.
These innovative pathways will enable to sort fractions which are to date non-separable using thermo-mechanical and chemical processes, and to improve separation quality and reducing significantly the non-reusable fractions.
After the development of these innovative separation processes, new formulations and materials starting from the recycled plastic will be developed with the aim of replacing virgin polymers in those applications where the recycled material cannot be used so far, due to their poor performance.
1. Decrease the environmental impact of currently non-recyclable packaging (multi-material film, trays,…) through new mechanical and chemical recycling processes such as:
- combined thermal-mechanical recycling
- PET chemical depolymerization and other fractions recovery.
2. Decrease the environmental impact of currently non-recyclable automotive end-life plastic components through new mechanical and chemical recycling processes such as:
- PU foams chemical recycling
- Elastomers (sealings and tires) chemical recycling
- Mechanical recycling of plastic components
3. Improve the target of reuse and recycle of end-of-life vehicles,by the design of recovery and recycle pathways for those plastic components, now destined to landfill, starting from disassembly/shredding, through innovative recycling technologies. (Estimated target: -20% of landfill destination).
4. Development of new formulations based on recycled plastics for the production of high performance components.