Category "News"

3Apr

FRAUNHOFER ICT PRESENTS PLAST2bCLEANED AT ELECTRO-PLAST 2023 CONFERENCE

by Plast2bCleaned

On March 28, PLAST2bCLEANED attended the Electro-Plast 2023 conference organised by Nortal Consulting, a business consultancy specialising in the polymer and plastics industry, to discuss everything that makes up the supply chain, held in Düsseldorf (Germany).

During the conference, Dr. Ronny Hanich-Spahn Scientist at Fraunhofer ICT, gave a presentation entitled Challenges and opportunities of recycled plastics in household appliances, including the performance of PLAST2bCLEANED technologies.

The conference was chaired by Mr. Noru Tsalic, a polymer and plastics industry professional.

FRAUNHOFER ICT presentation is available here.

31Mar

CAMPINE visited ICL Group facilities in Israel to discuss common activities within PLAST2bCLEANED

by Plast2bCleaned

Campine, PLAST2bCLEANED’s antimony recovery expert visited ICL’s (bromine recovery leader) facilities in Israel, including the plastics laboratory where the testing for PLAST2bCLEANED is carried out.

The objective of Campine’s visit was to continue the cooperation between the two entities so that brominated flame retardants (BFR) and antimony trioxide (ATO), different types of components, become part of the circular economy and keep working on the PLAST2bCLEANED project. Throughout the project, Campine contributes to delivering plastic material with identified bromine and antimony trioxide content and ICL supports the project as advisor about the use of brominated flame retardants and the technology to finally recovery the bromine.

On the other hand, Campine and ICL managers met and discussed about the progress in the recovery of chemicals, antimony, and bromine.

3Jan

Approved the PLAST2bCLEANED’s demonstration pilot

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The plant that was built in a technology readiness level 5 of the project (that means demonstration pilot) at the site of Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal, Germany, was approved in February 2023 and will provide a kilogram scale of recycled Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in addition to recovered bromine and antimony fractions, all components of waste electric and electronic equipment. 

This purified ABS will then be further processed and tested by other partners (ELIX Polymers and Electrolux) shortly. 

This brings PLAST2bCLEANED closer to demonstrating that environmentally safe and economically viable recycling of antimony, bromine and polymers is possible.

13Dec

AMI conference – Fire Resistance in Plastics hosts PLAST2bCLEANED

by Plast2bCleaned

On November 29, ICL as partner responsible for the bromine recovery within PLAST2bCLEANED, gave a presentation at the AMI conference – Fire Resistance in Plastics celebrated in Cologne, Germany.

Eyal Eden, Plastic Lab and Technical Support Manager was in charge of the speech entitled Sustainable Fire Resistance systems for Styrenics in which PLAST2bCLEANED goal and current status were showcased.

ICL presentation is available here.

11Nov

PLAST2bCLEANED participates at the NONTOX project final event

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Esther van den Beuken, Principal Consultant Circular Plastics at TNO and PLAST2bCLEANED coordinator, had the chance to showcase the project progress at the NONTOX project final event on November 10.

NONTOX project is a combination of multiple recycling technologies to recycle hazardous plastic waste generated from Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE), End of Life Vehicles (ELV) and Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW). The unique combination of mechanical and chemical recycling technologies imparts several techno-economic benefits over single conventional methods.

3Oct

ICL presents PLAST2bCLEANED at the VALBREE conference

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Last September 28, Lein Tange, Sustainability Director at ICL and partner responsible for the bromine recovery within PLAST2bCLEANED, showcased the project at the second VALBREE conference.

During the venue, Lein gave the presentation entitled Development of innovative recycle technologies for flame retardants with challenges and opportunities, including how PLAST2BCLEANED technologies work.

VALBREE is an Interreg project addressing the waste electric and electronic equipment recycling containing brominated flame retardants, an objective shared with PLAST2bCLEANED.

11Aug

Testing and Scale-Up Efforts at Fraunhofer ICT: Achieving Optimal Performance

by Plast2bCleaned

PLAST2Bcleaned’s testing and scale-up efforts at Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal, Germany, are progressing well.
After the solvent-based purification method has through laboratory testing and trials, a pilot plant is built to enable scaling up and advancement of PLAST2bCLEANED.

In the pilot, three loops (ABS, bromine, and antimony), will be closed while testing Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) polymers incorporating brominated flame retardants and antimony trioxide.

14Jun

PLAST2bCLEANED at the Life Cycle Assessment for Waste Management and Resource Optimisation conference

by Plast2BeCleaned

On June 9, PLAST2bCLEANED attended the Life Cycle Assessment for Waste Management and Resource Optimisation conference held in Cetraro Calabria (Italy).

On behalf of the consortium, Spela Ferjan, LCA Expert on Circular Plastics at TNO, presented the speech and poster Life cycle impacts of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) plastics recycling within the PLAST2bCLEANED project at the round table entitled Emerging Technologies.

If you missed the opportunity to attend the event you can check Spela’s presentation and poster here and here.

3May

PLAST2bCLEANED, towards a solid environmental and economic assessment methodology

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Screenshot of PLAST2bCLEANED’s Inventory data collection sheet for the full LCA/LCC

As part of the tasks PLAST2bCLEANED is developing, the project is carrying out both a life cycle assessment (LCA) and a life cycle costing (LCC). During this first period, the main objective has been to establish the final methodological approach, as well as to develop a detailed and complete inventory data collection sheet.

To achieve this, first, the consortium decided on the final goal and scope, and PLAST2bCLEANED system’s definition and graphical description were updated to the latest insights from the PLAST2bCLEANED current research and prepared for the final assessment.

Likewise, a small-scale study was conducted on technology upscaling and learning methods, enabling the translation of lab-scale data to real data from a simulated commissioned and operative plant in Europe (sensitivity for countries, electricity mix, etc.) The aim of this research was to test the sorting and dissolution technologies under development on the project, to prove them valid and replicable, and it was finally validated by experts from the consortium and improved in the data collection sheet.

Results were shared with similar initiatives addressing plastics recycling like NONTOX and CREAToR to align the methodology framework and establish a common ground for future projects.

Finally, a detailed inventory data collection sheet was prepared and sent out within the project with an updated process flow diagram for partners’ input.

In the following months, TNO, responsible for these tasks for PLAST2bCLEANED, will collect all the inventory data and perform an LCA and LCC study for the final assessment.