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New Project to Recover Contaminated Plastics from Industrial Waste

Published on 2021-07-12. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Automotive    Electrical & Electronics    Sustainability & Natural Plastics   

nontox-project AIMPLAS is participating in the European NONTOX Project which aims to eliminate hazardous and unpleasant substances from plastic waste and thus convert non-recyclable plastics and recycling waste into new resources. The Project is developing new decontamination processes for plastic materials to recover waste from the automotive, construction, and electrical and electronic industries.

Recovering Plastic Waste

The research developed by the different project partners will focus on the recovery of plastic materials from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELV), and construction and demolition waste (CDW), all of which contain hazardous additives and unpleasant compounds such as flame retardants, stabilizers and filling materials.

Two different technologies will be used (Extruclean and CreaSolv®) to eliminate these hazardous substances from waste plastics such as ABS, EPS, PS, HIPS, PE and PP, which jointly account for about half of EU demand for plastics, hence the importance of recycling plastics rather than continuing the current practice of landfilling or incinerating a significant part of this waste.

The NONTOX Project, funded through the European Union’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020, grant agreement 820895, is coordinated by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The other consortium members are AIMPLAS, Fraunhofer, Università degli studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Treee, Fundación IMDEA Energía, Stena Recycling International AB, Galea Polymers, ECODOM - Consorzio Italiano per il Recupero e Riciclaggio Elettrodomestici, Norner Research AS, Aalto University and Coolrec.

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