Improving the separation of mixed plastics

Mixed plastic waste from separation with Ecofrag technology and treated with the current state-of-the-art technology are being compared. Belgian partner Vanheede and IYTE in Turkey are involved in the ongoing analysis.

As it was done with the mixed textiles waste, a first screening of the different mixed plastic streams extracted from bulky waste was done and specifications needed for further recycling were given by Vanheede and IYTE to Ecofrag. Secondly, Vanheede optimised its own continuous plastic sorting line in order to compare the Ecofrag technology to separate and compact plastic waste with the current state-of-the-art technology. As a result of the implemented modifications, Vanheede is able to produce high quality post-consumer polypropylene (≥99% PP) and polyethylene (≥99%PE). At the moment, the Turkish partner IYTE is investigating these streams, together with the PP and PE streams obtained from Ecofrag, in comparison with virgin PP and PE. Based on the results it will be further investigated within the project to apply these polymers for the production of composites and natural fibre composites (NFCs).

Detailed pictures of the pure HDPE fraction obtained from the sorting line of Vanheede in comparison with a pure PP stream obtained from Ecofrag.


» Publication Date: 16/06/2017


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 690103