ABOUT THE PROJECT

Twenty European organisations have joined forces to reinvent the way we treat plastic packaging. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, PlastiCircle is rolling out innovations in waste collection, transport, sorting and recycling, and aims to transform plastic packaging waste into valuable products. We are developing: smart containers to increase collection rates of plastic waste; cost-effective waste transport systems connected to IoT cloud platforms; innovative optical sorting technologies to improve sorting, and; new value-added recycled plastic products.  Plastic packaging is too valuable to waste - so follow our journey and find out more as we work towards a real circular economy for plastics!

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PLASTIC PACKAGING TREATMENT PROCESS

 

COLLECTION

Development of an innovative collection system able to identify the quantity and quality of packaging deposited in the containers and to automatically inform waste transport companies. 

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TRANSPORT

Optimisation of the transport process for packaging waste from urban containers to sorting plants, decreasing the final price of recovered plastic by saving fuel and transport costs.

 

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SORTING

Improvement of sorting technologies to achieve a better separation of different types of plastic in treatment plants, including multilayer and multi-material packaging.

 

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RECYCLING

Development and validation of added-value products from plastic packaging waste - leading to a better valorisation of recycled materials and a range of products for the market. 

 

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