First EASME Workshop on Innovative methods to remove hazardous substances and contaminants from secondary raw materials for the circular economy

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On January 29, PLAST2bCLEANED attended the first EASME online Workshop on Innovative methods to remove hazardous substances and contaminants from secondary raw materials for the circular economy.

PLAST2bCLEANED presented the main achievements to date in relation to key EU policies and initiatives and later, together with other sister projects like NONTOX, Circular Flooring, CREATOR, REMADYL, REACT and PURENANO, there was a discussion to identify and discuss the policy contributions by all projects.

Likewise, there were some round tables, where synergies on collaborations among projects were addressed.


PLAST2bCLEANED at Plastics Recycling Show Europe

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On December 11, Mathilde Taveau, Recycling Plastics Engineer and Project Manager at Coolrec, participated at Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2020 on behalf of PLAST2bCLEANED.

In a session dedicated to Material recycling & Technical Plastics, Mathilde showcased the project progress to date and the bromine, antimony trioxide and polymer to be treated within the project.

The PRSE Virtual conference examined the latest developments in plastics recycling and practical solutions for the circular and sustainable use of plastics, dealing with plastic waste and better design for recycling. Materials focus sessions explored in depth the challenges, issues and opportunities within the sector for plastics recycling.

You can check Mathilde’s session here.



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EMPACK, the largest trade fair in the Benelux in the field of packaging technology, hosted in September 17 a presentation where the PLAST2bCLEANED technology was explained.

Mark Roelands, Senior Scientist for Process technology at TNO, showcased the Circular Challenges of Plastics Packaging, where he described sorting and mechanical recycling of plastic waste streams, chemical depolymerization, thermal-chemical processes such as pyrolysis and gasification or physical recycling, among others.

You can check his presentation here.


PLAST2bCLEANED webinar: quick assessment of SoC

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Last October 9, PLAST2bCLEANED held an internal webinar as part of work package 4 Performance testing of process and products, led by Coolrec.

During the session, the PRE-1000-1 method was presented by Patrick de Kort, Regulatory Affairs Manager for Plastics Recyclers Europe and author of the method and was later discussed among partners.

This method represents a quick scan to assess and quantify the presence of substances of concern (SoC) in a recycled plastic. It is a considerable step forward to close the regulatory gaps mentioned in the project literature about limitations, barriers, and standards for using recycled polymers.


TNO presents PLAST2bCLEANED at Plastics Congress S3

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Last October 8, Esther Zondervan-van den Beuken, Program Manager Circular Plastics at TNO presented the PLAST2bCLEANED project as part of the Plastics Congress S3.

During the presentation, Esther showcased the project scope, impacts, consortium, and progress to date.

2020 edition of the Plastics Congress S3 was hold online devoted to the field of the eco-plasturgy and aiming at showcasing the technology and business opportunities developed globally in terms of eco-design, biopolymers and recycling.


“COVID-19 has made PLAST2bCLANED’s stakeholder engagement much more complicated, due to the cancellation of the most important recycling conferences”

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Interview to Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL Group.

How does the specification of the bromine and antimony fractions work?

At our facilities of ICL in Terneuzen (The Netherlands), we can receive only liquid streams due to the type of burner. These streams will be processed in the bromine recovery unit.

As specification, it is important to remark that the amount of metals is limited as finally the metals are passing a wastewater treatment and the metals are ending up in the sludge.

Therefore, we separate the Antimony Trioxide (ATO) during the process in such a way that the final residue does not contain more than a certain amount of ATO.

What are the main challenges behind the stakeholder engagement?

The stakeholder engagement is not usually a challenge as all PLAST2bCLEANED members do have a large network and they frequently attend conferences and workshops. Nevertheless, COVID-19 breakdown is making things more difficult, as the participation in face-to face events is no longer a possibility, and those are much more effective than webinars or other digital networking in place.

From March till September all important recycling conferences were cancelled. Although we can still use our website, and our social media channels to disseminate the project, it cannot be compared to a real presence! We will continue to do our best anyway!