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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!


“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.