The overall aim of PLAST2bCLEANED is to develop a human and enviromental safe recycling process for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) plastics in a technically feasible and economically viable manner.


  • Improved sorting of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) and Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) that contain brominated flame retardants (BFR’s) from other polystyrene and ABS fractions;
  • Dissolution of WEEE plastics in heated solvents;
  • Separation of additives to concentrate bromine flame retardants and antimony trioxide fractions for recycling;
  • Energy efficient recovery of solvent and of polymer.




WP1 Pre-process: sensing and sorting plastics to be separated. The output will be used in WP2 and WP3.
In WP2 Process development: dissolution and recovery to recycle polymer, bromine fraction and antimony fraction using the output of WP1.
In WP3 Process system integration & scale up the technology of WP2 is integrated in a WEEE recycling unit.
In WP4 Performance testing of process and products, the effectiveness of the process and the quality of the output fraction is controlled.
In WP5 Environmental and Economic assessment is performed. At the start, a quick scan is done to guide choices in WP1-WP3. At the end of the project an elaborated environmental and economic assessment is performed to prove the sustainability and economic viability of PLAST2bCLEANED technology.
WP6 Dissemination, exploitation and capacity building contains dissemination, exploitation and communication activities.
In WP7 Project Management the overall management for the whole project will take place.



In the PLAST2bCLEANED’ implementation chart TNO is responsible for the coordination, WP2, WP5, WP7 and WP8 (ethics requirement).

From their side, Gaiker is in charge of WP1, Fraunhofer for WP3, Coolrec of WP4 and SIE for WP6.

The rest of the partners responsibilities is as follows:

  • Campine will contribute to WP2 in delivering plastic material with identified bromine and antimony trioxide content.
  • ICL will support the project as advisor about the use of brominated flame retardants and the technology to finally recovery the bromine. Likewise, ICL will support in the dissemination of the project.
  • Elix Polymers will provide the ABS fraction needed.
  • Electrolux will provide industrial requirements and specifications on the use of polymeric materials in the company practices.
  • Juchheim will work on the dissolution unit..


Increased purity and/or desirable quality of secondary raw materials

Increased recycling rate for secondary materials and reduced landill and incineration of wastes.

Reduced risk of retaining hazardous substances in recycled materials.

Implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the 7th Enviroment Action Programme.

The Commission Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy and to the implementation of the SPIRE PPP Roadmap.

The project Plast2bCleaned will address several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Overall it contributes to SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production with the focus to Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns and especially hereto:

By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimise their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.

Besides, the project addresses:

  • SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  • SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, because of the reduce if landfill and safe; and
  • SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • SDG9: Industry innovation and Infrastructure.
  • SDG15: Life on Land.