FIRST RESULTS FROM LIFE RECYPACK, A PROJECT SEEKING TO CREATE A MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL PLASTIC WASTE

#58. MARCH 2019

LIFE RECYPACK is a demonstration project that is studying four solutions to current problems in the process of treating commercial plastic packaging waste (containers and packaging), mainly polyethylene (PE) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) in urban environments. The environmental problems associated with this waste arise from the fact that it is deposited in standard municipal containers along with other typical household waste.

The project is taking place at European level and features the participation of three countries: Italy, Hungary and Spain. It began in October 2017 and has, therefore, been running for around one and a half years to date. The project consortium is made up of eight partners, with AIMPLAS being the main beneficiary and project coordinator. The remaining partners include the Valencian Association of Plastic Companies (AVEP), the distribution platform for the MILAR brand in Levante (COMELSA), the Valencia Provincial Council, Recycling, Consulting and Services, S.L., a company specialising in plastic recycling in Hungary, ReMAT Recycling Material Inc. and the Escuela Superior de Estudios Universitarios Sant´Anna de Pisa (SSSUP).

FCC Aqualia central, Inodoro

The main objective of the project focuses on the collection of two main streams, polyethylene (PE) and expanded polystyrene (EPS), the plastic fractions found most commonly in the commercial sector. These streams are particularly common in the area of electrical and electronic equipment, such as household appliances, and are used to package products with a high consumer value, such as furniture, etc.

This demonstration project is divided into four practical demonstrator studies, three of which are taking place in Spain, and one in Italy.

Sonia Albein Urios
Department of Sustainability and Industrial Recovery at AIMPLAS