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LIFE4FILM - POST-CONSUMPTION FILM PLASTIC RECYCLING FROM MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

LIFE17 ENV/ES/000229


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Contact details:

Contact person: Gabriel Gómez Carvajal
Tel: 34917574048
Email: ggomezc@fcc.es



Project description:

Background

The EU discards an estimated 25 million tonnes of plastic waste each year. At present, almost a third of this waste is shipped to landfills, where it gradually seeps into the ground, raising the risk of soil and water contamination. Despite objectives set out in the EU strategy on plastics in the circular economy to increase recycling rates, Europe currently recovers less than a third of the plastic that it discards. Most plastic packaging is only used once during its lifecycle, with 95% of its value is lost after this first use. Plastic films such as low-density polyethylene make up 40% of this waste. Recycling them would save natural resources, alleviate the burden on landfills and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the plastic industry.


Objectives

The main objective of the LIFE4FILM project is to demonstrate a set of new and off-the-shelf technologies to recycle low-density polyethylene plastic films economically. The project will recover this material from municipal solid waste using an innovative optical separation technique. Squeeze dryers and a close-circuit water treatment will then wash the discarded plastic before it is extruded through a double degassing process to transform it into usable industrial feedstock. The process will make better use of natural resources as set out in the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the Waste Framework Directive. A pilot plant located in Alhendín, Spain, will produce over 500 kg of recycled polyethylene an hour, leading to some 4 000 tonnes of plastic recycled each year.

Expected results:

  • Demonstrate a novel, cost-effective technology for recycling low-density polyethylene films;
  • Treat 10 000 tonnes of municipal waste each year at a pilot plant in Alhendín, Spain;
  • Define a sound business model to replicate solutions throughout the plastic industry and other waste sectors;
  • Replace 54 000 tonnes of virgin material by recycling polyethylene pellets of a quality high enough to manufacture new products;
  • Reduce oil consumption by the plastic industry by over 180 000 tonnes a year and mitigate over 55 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions; and
  • Create 7 full-time and 6 part-time jobs during demonstration, with an increase to 20 direct jobs, 30 indirect jobs and 40 induced jobs once the pilot-plant operates at full capacity.

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Environmental issues addressed:

Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • Directive 75/442/EEC -"Waste framework directive" (15.07.1975)
  • Directive 94/62 - Packaging and packaging waste (20.12.1994)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Fomento De Construcciones Y Contratas S.A.
Type of organisation Large enterprise
Description The Spanish company FCC is one the largest environmental service companies in the world. Its operations extend from waste management, street cleaning and sewer maintenance to soil remediation. FCC notably designs, constructs and operates municipal waste treatment plants in over 5 000 municipalities and 20 countries across the globe.
Partners Universidad de Granada, Spain AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS, Spain STADLER SELECCIONA S.L.U., Spain Rolbatch GmbH, Germany

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Project reference LIFE17 ENV/ES/000229
Duration 01-JUL-2018 to 31-DEC -2020
Total budget 4,540,630.00 €
EU contribution 1,982,157.00 €
Project location Schleswig-Holstein(Deutschland) Hamburg(Deutschland) Niedersachsen(Deutschland) Bremen(Deutschland) Nordrhein-Westfalen(Deutschland) Hessen(Deutschland) Rheinland-Pfalz(Deutschland) Baden-Württemberg(Deutschland) Bayern(Deutschland) Saarland(Deutschland) Berlin(Deutschland) Brandenburg(Deutschland) Mecklenburg-Vorpommern(Deutschland) Sachsen(Deutschland) Sachsen-Anhalt(Deutschland) Thüringen(Deutschland) Andalucía(España)

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