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14Jul

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.

1Jul

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.

3Feb

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.