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LIFE rPack2L - INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF MULTILAYER PVC/PE PACKAGING WASTE

LIFE15 ENV/ES/000231


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Contact details:

Contact person: Alberto Ariza Herrerias
Tel: 34958696230
Fax: 34958105923
Email: a.ariza@sulayr-gs.es



Project description:

Background

The Waste Framework Directive sets a 50% target for recycling and re-use by weight of plastic from households by 2020. The amount of multilayer or complex sheet packages has increased significantly over recent years. These plastics account for 20% of waste from the food packaging industry, and 30% in weight of household waste. There are three types of multilayer waste, according to their origin: post-industrial waste from extrusion processes, post-industrial waste from thermoforming processes, and domestic waste. In the case of single-layer waste from extrusion and thermoforming processes, these wastes can be reintegrated in the process as raw materials by the producer or original manufacturer. However, this re-use process is not feasible for multilayer waste, due to the different physicochemical characteristics of each layer. The necessary treatment for one layer is not valid for another, and therefore multilayer waste is sent to waste managers with around 90% destined for incineration or landfill.


Objectives

LIFE rPack2L proposes a solution for recycling multilayer plastic waste, thus diverting it from incineration or landfill. It will develop an integral scheme to recover valuable PVC and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for re-use as raw materials for packaging or recycled plastic-based products. The project will test the new technology at a unique semi-industrial scale plant in Austria. At present there is no recycling process for multilayer packaging anywhere in the world that enables these plastics to be recovered.

The main actions of the project will be to:

  • Separately collect multilayer plastic waste, by creating a stakeholder network and implementing collection points for post-industrial waste in at least one plastic film manufacturer and one packaging manufacturer;
  • Separate the different layers of the waste at the pilot plant by designing an innovative and flexible packaging delamination process for different specifications of PVC/PET-based multilayer film and waste streams; and
  • Analyse the final materials obtained and adapt the process to meet the quality requirements of potential users – in particular, PVC for manufacturing recycled multilayer packaging, and PET for industrial applications (e.g. agriculture and automotive) or valorisation to produce fuel via pyrolysis.
  • Expected results:

  • Recycling of 1 836 tonnes of multilayer plastic waste during the project;
  • A recycling rate of 90% for the multilayer plastic waste collected;
  • Reducing by 20% the CO2 emissions associated with the separation process;
  • A ratio of 20% recycled material to virgin material is expected;
  • Decreasing the amount of waste going to landfill by 15%;
  • A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for PVC/PE packaging, to enable a full assessment of the implementation of the technology at European level and its effects;
  • Production of a Good Practices Guide on recycling and reuse of multilayer packaging; and
  • Development of a potential market for recycled PVC and PE, thus creating a new green economic activity able to produce wealth and create jobs.


Results


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Waste - Packaging and plastic waste
Waste - Waste recycling


Keywords

waste recycling‚  plastic waste‚  packaging


Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • Directive 1999/31 - Landfill of waste (26.04.1999)
  • Directive 2004/12 - Amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (11.02.2004 )
  • Directive 2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.200 ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator SULAYR GLOBAL SERVICES, SL
Type of organisation SME Small and medium sized enterprise
Description Founded in 2009, SULAYR GLOBAL SERVICES is a recycling company that specialises in the recycling of packaging.
Partners FUNDACIÓN ANDALTEC I+D+I, Spain FUNDACIÓN PARA LAS TECNOLOGÍAS AUXILIARES DE LA AGRICULTURA, Spain SULAYR GREEN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH, Austria

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Project reference LIFE15 ENV/ES/000231
Duration 01-SEP-2016 to 15-APR -2019
Total budget 2,806,865.00 €
EU contribution 1,261,483.00 €
Project location Andalucía(España)

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