R3BORN: A new and deserved life for non-recycled plastic

This project is aimed at developing new means of recovering waste flows generated at mechanical treatment plants that are currently not recovered and, consequently, are disposed of in landfills. This project is fully aligned with the principles of the Circular Economy, the aim of which is to reinsert waste into industrial ecosystems in the form of secondary raw materials.

  • 2 years
  • 60% financed by CDTI

Project description

This project focuses on the recovery of mixed plastics. This material is produced at municipal solid waste treatment plants after the most easily separable and recyclable plastic fractions have been extracted. The purpose of this project is to find new applications or means of recovery for this waste to prevent at least part of it from being disposed of in landfills.

The project encompasses the entire life cycle of plastic waste — from improving the current systems for detecting and separating plastic waste fractions at mechanical separation plants, in order to obtain the mixtures of polymers considered in this project, to improving and increasing the recycling rate of this waste in order to manufacture new materials with which to make household refuse bins or plastic seating. The process includes the development of an innovative family of additives (coupling agents), and their application, through master batches (colour and additives added to polymers) required to make them recyclable.

In December 2016, the project reached its first milestone, when it was determined which groups of polymers present in the current reject flows at landfill sites may be recovered. The second phase of the project will be implemented using the materials identified as being recoverable.

General information

Ecopark 4 (Toledo, Spain)
Cromogenia, Figueras, Contenur, Leitat and Center for Intelligent Infrastructure Innovation (CI3)

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