“Initiatives such as PLAST2bCLEANED endorse the path down which ELIX is heading, towards a model of greater efficiency and rationality in the use of plastic materials”

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Interview to María Romeu, Environmental Technician and Toni Prunera, Head of Business Development and R&D at ELIX POLYMERS.

Q: What are ELIX’s main responsibilities within the project?

A (María): ELIX Polymers, a member of Sinochem International, is a leading manufacturer of Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) resins and derivatives in Europe.

Operating from our head office in Tarragona, Spain, and with sales support teams in all key markets, our company is a specialist provider of tailor-made solutions for high quality thermoplastics applications. With a 40-year track record, ELIX Polymers is an expert in ABS polymers, and it has the resources, the expertise and the experience to create value for its customers through highly individual solutions.

(Toni): ELIX is the only ABS manufacturer that this initiative incorporates, thereby allowing us to provide support to various working groups based on our experience and knowledge of one of the main plastics used in electrical and electronics devices.

Likewise, ELIX participates in various phases of the project:

  • Quality and main characteristics of the prime materials.
  • Establishment of the specifications expected of the material that is obtained during the process of an electrical/electronic waste recycling system.
  • Validation of the resulting product (polymer).

Q: What does belonging to the PLAST2bCLEANED consortium mean for ELIX?

M: At ELIX we are committed to the circular economy, and we back our commitment through responsible innovation projects such as PLAST2bCLEANED, thereby making a positive contribution to the recyclability and circularity of polymers. The objective of all this is to preserve functionality in applications for end customers thanks to both close cooperation with our main customers and knowledge of the requirements of each market segment.

T: As members of the project’s consortium, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to create new solutions, while learning from each other and guaranteeing sustainable growth over time.

Initiatives such as this one endorse the path down which ELIX is heading, towards a model of greater efficiency and rationality in the use of plastic materials. We will therefore continue to support all initiatives that are designed to promote new circular business models, products and services that may be beneficial to society and the environment.


Interview to Alessandro Mazzon and Marco Garilli

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Interview to Alessandro Mazzon, Project Financing Manager and Marco Garilli, Innovation Expert at Electrolux and responsible for the PLAST2bCLEANED formulation for an end user application.

Q: How is Electrolux participating in the PLAST2bCLEANED project? 

A: Electrolux is the sustainability leader in the appliance industry and this leadership must be constantly strengthened through innovative solutions that go beyond consolidated practices and developments. The use of recycled plastics from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), which today is limited due to the presence of harmful substances, represents a challenging opportunity to make the company’s business completely circular.

PLAST2bCLEANED project allows Electrolux to investigate this topic and to validate the applicability of developing solutions as industrial end-user. For these reasons, in the project, Electrolux is not only committed to proposing possible applications of recycled materials in the white goods sector but also aims to share its experience in plastics and related industrial processes, to get prototype appliances that, in some components, will adopt the recycled plastics obtained by PLAST2bCLEANED recovering process.

Q: Which applications and benefits are expected to get at an industrial level?

A: Electrolux’s ambition is to replace, in its products, virgin materials with recycled materials and increase their usage of 20,000 tonnes annually in order to propose to the market appliances with a significant reduction of the environmental impact from their life cycle perspective. Use of recycled plastics, and in particular those coming from WEEE, is a great opportunity to communicate to consumers the company efforts of making better use of resources and of running its business in an environmentally-friendly way, as well as to make them aware that they can also contribute to saving the planet when buying Electrolux products. Moreover, those plastics are not only recycled but also cleaned from hazardous substances, i.e. flame retardants, that give these materials an added value for strategic applications in the sector.


PLAST2bCLEANED celebrates its first anniversary of research!

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For two days, June 23 and 24, the PLAST2bCLEANED consortium partners were reunited in an online meeting to discuss about the achievements to date and the next foreseen actions.

Gaiker, company responsible for the preprocess: sensing and sorting, presented, among other points, the equipment they are using in the laboratory, already set up and calibrated: the RAMAN spectrometers.

TNO, as leaders for the Process development: dissolution and recovery, explained that they have already defined the reference samples; they have established the experimental procedure and recovered products analysed​ and they also investigated the first filtration characteristics.

From their part, Fraunhofer ICT is just starting with the Process system integration and scaleup expected from this month 12.

Coolrec, as leaders of work package 4 related to performance testing of process and products, explained that they have established  the procedure for X-ray fluorescence: sampling and testing​, their chemical analysis was chosen for the assessment of different parameters as well, and the target for upgrade defined.

Regarding the environmental and economic assessment, also carried out by TNO, a first screening life cycle assessment was performed.

Sustainable Innovations was in charge of presenting the advancement in terms of the Key Performing Indicators established at the beginning of the project for dissemination and they also organized a workshop to explore the possible exploitation routes and target markets.

Finally, TNO presented the updates regarding the management and coordination of the project and the status of the ethics requirements.

Juchheim, ICL Group, Electrolux, and Elix Polymers also participated actively in the discussions as consortium partners.


Coolrec receives TNO at their facilities

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Last week, Coolrec, the PLAST2bCLEANED partner responsible for Performance testing of process and products, received TNO at its facilities, the project coordinator and company in charge of Process development: dissolution and recovery as well as for environmental and economic assessment.

The purpose of the visit was to understand better the focused fractions in the PLAST2bCLEANED project.

In these tasks the partners are working in, is key to understand the various processes the material went through to be able later on to develop the right recycling and purification path.


Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL, presents PLAST2bCLEANED at IERC conference

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From January 21 to 24, the International Electronics Recycling Congress IERC counted on its 19th edition with the presence of the PLAST2bCLEANED project in Salzburg (Austria).

The person in charge of presenting this project that will develop a safe recycling process for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment was Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL and partner of the PLAST2bCLEANED consortium.

IERC is the electronics recycling industry’s event bringing together more than 500 recycling professionals from around the globe. The 2020 edition had discussions about the latest recycling technologies, regulations, manufacturing processes and value of raw materials.


PLAST2bCLEANED celebrates its second General Assembly meeting in Germany

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On January 14 and 15, the PLAST2bCLEANED project hosted its second General Assembly meeting in Pfinztal (Germany) at Fraunhofer ICT facilities.

During two days, the consortium members presented the advancements on all the work packages (WP) contemplated within the scope: Preprocessing, sensing and sorting; Process development; System integration; Dissemination, exploitation and capacity building. Performance testing of process and products; Environmental and economic assessment, and Financials & Quality and Risk assessment.

Likewise, TNO and Fraunhofer ICT, as PLAST2bCLEANED’s responsible for the WP corresponding to Process development and System integration organized a joint workshop to gather inputs from all the participant partners in these tasks.

To conclude the day, Fraunhofer ICT offered a guided visit to its facilities to explain where they will carry out the tasks of dissolution and additive removal experiments in the pilot units and develop the integrated Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling unit, among other tasks.


EIES 2019 receives the PLAST2bCLEANED project

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The European Industry & Energy Summit (EIES), hosted in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on December 10 and 11, received a presentation on the PLAST2bCLEANED project.

Gerard van der Laan, from TNO Circular Plastics, was the presenter for showcasing the PLAST2bCLEANED main goals in the development of a recycling process for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) plastics.

This 2019 edition of the EIES summit has focused on a variety of subjects such as emission-free hydrogen, chemical recycling of plastics, energy efficiency, electrification, carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and biobased chains, among others.

PLAST2bCLEANED was part of a conference and an interactive roundtable discussion with the value chain players on the chemical recycling of plastics. Here, Gerard and Rob de Ruiter, together with the Dutch National Platform for Chemical Recycling and multiple industrial stakeholders, gave attendees an overview of the current processes and new innovations. Likewise, it was also discussed the role of chemical recycling as a complementary technology to mechanical recycling in the transition to circular plastics.


ICL Group and Campine present PLAST2bCLEANED at Fire Resistance in Plastics 2019

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The Horizon 2020 project PLAST2bCLEANED was presented at the Fire Resistance in Plastics. an encounter hosted in Cologne (Germany) on December, 4 and 5.

Both Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL Group, and Karen Jenssens, Product Manager Plastics at Campine, mentioned PLAST2bCLEANED main objectives and innovations as part as their conferences ‘Creating a circular economy for bromine-containing, flame retardant plastics by the use of innovative and sustainable recycling technologies’ and ‘An evaluation of the sustainable use of halogenated/antimony trioxide flame retardant systems in different end-use applications’, respectively.

PLAST2bCLEANED was also showcased in the panel discussion ‘Closing the loop of plastics containing flame retardants: how to support the recyclability of these plastics?’, where Lein, together with representatives from Flame Retardants Europe, Campine, Fraunhofer, and Pinfa discussed on the possibilities of recycling plastics materials on a more efficient and sustainable way.


TNO receives PLAST2bCLEANED partner at its facilities

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On October 28, representatives from TNO and ICL met at TNO’s facilities in Delft (The Netherlands) to discuss further on the tasks to be carried out for the PLAST2Bcleaned work package 2 (Process development: dissolution and recovery).

The meeting, where the partners shared their knowledge on the materials and process and discussed the challenges that can be expected, included a tour through the laboratory and lab pilot plant hall of TNO.

In the picture: From left to right, Hans van der Meer (TNO), Leon Geers (TNO), Mark Roelands (TNO), Lucie Prins (TNO), Annemieke van de Runstraat (TNO), Eyal Eden (ICL), Eric Sitters (ICL) and Lein Tange (ICL). In the background, TNOs Möbius1.0 lab pilot for executing the WP2 superheated solvent process development.