Projects

Waste & Circular Economy

PlastiCircle

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

2017 - 2020

PlastiCircle aims to promote a transition towards a circular economy, contributing to the achievement of EU waste management and recycling targets by 2030. More than 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are produced per year in EU Member States, being recycled only 29.7%.

By rethinking the different phases involved in transforming waste into valuable products, project partners will reinvent the plastic packaging treatment process to obtain higher recycling rates, better quality and cheaper secondary raw materials, as well as recovery and valorisation within the same value chain.  

In particular, the consortium will focus on the development of smart containers for separate waste collection, on the improvement of transport routes, and of sorting and reprocessing technologies, eventually converting packaging waste into value-added products such as foam boards, automotive parts, roofing membranes, garbage bags, asphalt and urban furniture. Eventually, PlastiCircle will define business plans and promote replication of the proposed solutions through training and awareness raising activities for citizens, institutions and private companies.

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