Technology for High-value Plastics Waste Stream

Project Structure

1. New scientific knowledge & initial specifications (WP1):


To determine the overall specification of the process / system: the information that a marker will carry, its performance and legislative requirements; to develop a system of product coding; and to determine the most appropriate chemical marker families.


2. Development of chemical markers (WP2):


To develop appropriate marker chemistries and validate their functionality; to develop routes to synthesize these markers; to develop a method of removing/deactivating markers; to undertake tests, for the given range of polymers, to measure the effects of the markers on the polymer properties.


3. Development of Spectral Identification technology (WP3):


To specify the requirements of the marker detection system; to construct a fully functional, laboratory scale marker detection system; to measure the performance of the marker identification system.


4. Integration of proto-type industrial-scale process (WP4):


To select appropriate recycling trial systems to allow testing at an industrial scale; to validate the marker system at an intermediate scale prior to full industrialisation; and to assemble the industrial scale detection technology and integrate with SME recycling plant.


5. Real world recycling proto-type trials (WP5):


To produce marked samples of product on an industrial scale; to achieve full, industrial-scale trials of the discrimination system; to demonstrate that the conditions expected during the normal lifetime of the trial systems will not adversely affect the performance of a marker.


6. Validation of the industrial-scale recycling system (WP6):


To determine the effectiveness of the process; to determine the techno-economic benefits of the recycled materials; to perform a life cycle analysis of the entire system; and to examine at the issues relating to management / infrastructure


7. Exploitation and dissemination activities (WP7):


To disseminate the results and outputs of the project amongst the consortium; to disseminate the results and outputs of the project to the European plastics recycling sector; to transfer the technology outside the consortium to AG members and to influence European recycling policy as well as to set new standards for polymer recycling.


8. Training (WP8):


To enable technology to be transferred to industry as quickly and effectively as possible; to allow technology stake holders to understand how the technology functions and its benefits.


9. Consortium management and administration (WP9):


To ensure all the EU requirements for communication and reporting  are satisfactory; to co-ordinate the legal, contractual, financial and administrative management for the consortium; to co-ordinate the gender, equality, ethical, science and societal aspects of the project; to co-ordinate all aspects of the work at consortium level; to deal with any unexpected project developments and based on them develop appropriate mitigation strategies.