Closing the loop in the plastic lifecycle

Plastics are now a staple and a major source of garbage in our lives, but the family of materials known as plastics is very diverse.

A proper plastic recycling process in its entirety is very challenging due to some technical barriers, such as the presence of complex fractions in the waste streams including contaminants or multilayer materials, or the mix of plastics with other types of wastes that cannot be sorted in a feasible way.

This situation implies a high environmental impact when plastic waste is landfilled or incinerated, so new solutions other than mechanical recycling must be developed to significantly increase the amount of plastics being valorized into new feedstocks. PLASTICE was conceived to solve this need by developing a set of new valorization processes that are aligned with the most relevant roadmaps of chemical recycling technologies at European level.