Single use plastic (SUP) causes enormous pollution in our environment: 8 Mt/yr SUP leaks into our oceans ending up as microplastics affecting our ecosystems. NWE generates the biggest source of SUP (40% of Europe). Uptake for recycled content in new plastic products is low. In 2016 EU plastic production was 60MT and only 8MT was collected for recycling. EU plastic industry relies upon imported virgin plastic. Supply from recycled SUP could meet this demand. Plastic export ban to China (2018) meant demand for recycled plastic dropped.
In response high levels of SUP are sent to Energy-from-Waste (EfW)/Landfill. There is urgency for NWE to develop its own plastic recycling economy to reduce reliance on import markets, to repurpose, revalue existing SUP, creating demand for recycled products, diverting valuable plastic away from EfW/Landfill. TRANSFORM-CE uses all types of SUP: low valued plastics such as foils i.e. thin packaging films into moulded products using intrusion-extrusion moulding (IEM); higher valued plastics i.e. pre-sorted drinks/cleaning bottles into Additively Manufactured (AM) products, providing businesses with an alternative to virgin plastic feedstock, creating demand for reuse, invigorating market uptake of recycled plastic into new products, supporting business to adopt Circular Economy models.
Pilot investments provide scalability of technology to stimulate new secondary material markets across NWE for re-manufacturing demonstrating that municipal waste plastic can be re-purposed/revalued with estimated diversion of 2580t plastic over 3 yrs. Pilots provide dual options for diversion ensuring that manufactured product uptake is across a range of simple/complex product designs. AM provides opportunity for integration into complex products, IEM provides opportunity for simpler single unit designs. Long-term uptake through scaling up of the technology with industry investment, potential to divert ~55 Mt in 10 years.
3 Avenue Copernic
Social Environmental and Economic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd
30 Church Road
Technische Universiteit Delft
Hochschule Trier Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement (IfaS)
Flur 1a, 55767 Achtelsbach
Viridor Waste Management Limited
Peninsula House, Rydon Lane
Manchester Metropolitan University
|Manchester Metropolitan University||
|Materia Nova||Olivier Talon||Belgium|
|Social Environmental and Economic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd||David Greenfield||United Kingdom|
|Gemeente Almere||Johan Luiks||Netherlands|
|Save Plastics||Bram Peters||Netherlands|
|Technische Universiteit Delft||Zjenja Doubrovski||Netherlands|
|Hogeschool Utrecht||Martijn Rietbergen||Netherlands|
|Hochschule Trier Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement (IfaS)||Ulrike Kirschnick||Germany|
|bCircular GmbH||Tobias Gruben||Germany|
|Viridor Waste Management Limited||Marcus Du Pree Thomas||United Kingdom|