TRANSFORMing single use plastic and creating a CE-business model

Project Summary

An introduction

The European Union manufactures millions of plastic products each year, however, only a fraction of these are made using recycled plastic. Even more surprising, half of the plastic waste collected for recycling is exported outside the EU for processing.  The EU plastics industry is thereby losing valuable potential raw materials at a time when demand is increasing. In recognition of this, as well as the possible environmental and social benefits, TRANSFORM-CE brings together four North West  European countries to develop innovative solutions for recycling these materials into new products for a circular economy.

Transforming local plastic waste into raw materials for new products

TRANSFORM-CE is using two innovative technologies to create new products from single use plastic waste – additive manufacturing (AM) and intrusion-extrusion moulding (IEM). To support this, an R&D Centre (UK) and Prototyping Unit (BE) have been set up to develop and scale the production of recycled filaments for AM, whilst an Intrusion-Extrusion Moulding Facility, the Green Plastic Factoryhas been established in the NL to expand the range of products manufactured using IEM. Businesses are being encouraged to take up these technologies and recycled materials, and to develop new products and circular business models, through TRANSFORM-CE’s business support package. This includes the provision of sample filaments, as well as help with product design, prototyping, business model innovation, material analysis and product testing. Through this, and the project’s business support and outreach activities, TRANSFORM-CE is demonstrating the potential value of single use plastic waste, the possibilities for recycling it into new products, and a scalable model for widespread uptake across North West Europe.



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Who benefits?

The development of a circular economy for single use plastic waste and the strengthening of the market for recyclate will bring many benefits to North West Europe. It will help businesses to become independent of virgin and recycled plastic imports, valorise local waste streams, stimulate demand for recycled plastic products, and reduce the environmental impacts associated with the extraction, processing, landfilling and incineration of virgin plastic. 

TRANSFORM-CE will not only divert hundreds of tonnes of single use plastic waste from landfill across North West Europe, but will create new circular economy opportunities for businesses, based on demand for recyclate both locally and further afield.

Expected results

  • 1 pilot plant (IEM) in the Netherlands
  • 2 AM facilities in the United Kingdom and Belgium.
  • Diversion of 308.2 tonnes of plastic over the 3 yrs from landfill/EfW.
  • An estimated reduction in CO2 of 478 tonnes (based LCA natureline Save Plastics of 1.3kg net CO2 reduction per kg plastic diverted).
  • 20 businesses across NWE will use the IEM/AM technology to embed recycled municipal plastic into the design and manufacturing of new/existing products.

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In the Spotlight: 10XL Business Case Study

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An important component of the TRANSFORM-CE project is understanding the business context for creating a circular economy for single use plastic waste. To achieve this, several case... Read more

Meet the Partners: Save Plastics

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Save Plastics is an innovative Dutch company that specialises in the recycling of plastic waste into new, value-added products, such as outdoor furniture, decking and planters. Read more

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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Manchester Metropolitan University Chester street
M1 5GD
United Kingdom
Name Contact Name Email Country
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

Partners of project TRANSFORM-CE 

Lead partner of project TRANSFORM-CE is Manchester Metropolitan University. The circular waste management organisations involved in Interreg NWE project TRANSFORM-CE are: bCircular GmbH from Germany, and Save Plastics from The Netherlands, in partnership with sub-partners Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH (DE), and Cirwinn (NL).

Public authority Municipality of Almere is also a key contributor to the project by building a green plastic plant in Almere, delivering household plastic waste and coordinate the project communications.

The project is actively supported by research and test centres:

Materia Nova

Go to the website of Materia Nova


Hochschule Trier Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld Institut für angewandtes Stoffstrommanagement.

Go to the website of IfaS

Manchester Metropolitan University BASF

Go to the website of SOENECS

Hogeschool Utrecht

Go to the website of Hogeschool Utrecht

Technische Universiteit Delft

Go to the website of Technische Universiteit Delft 

The following organisations have committed helping the partnership reach the project objective to uptake the CE Plastic Road Map and are members of the advisory board:

  • Suez Ltd (UK)
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
  • Repic (UK)
  • The Environment Agency (UK)
  • Plastiwin (BE)
  • Wallonia Region (BE)
  • Province Flevoland (NL)
  • The Netherlands Enterprise Agency – RVO (DE)
  • Royal Dutch Waste Management Association – NVRD (DE)
  • Landesamt fur Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz - LfU RLP (DE)


A range of organisations will also share their expertise and experience over the course of the project (associate partners):

  • In the UK - Entreprise Europe Network, Dyson Ltd, Express Group Ltd, SCALED3D, Greater Manchester Business Support, WRAP.
  • In Germany – Cortec GmbH, Rhein Lahn Kreis AW, MVA Müllverwertungsanlage Bonn GmbH (MVA BN
  • In Belgium - IPIC Plastic, Intercommunale de Développement économique et d'Aménagement du Coeur du Hainaut (IDEA)



Tests 3D

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Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a constantly evolving technology expected to be significantly part of our everyday life in a near future. Despite being still less than 1% of the global manufacturing market, AM is yet a boon for many industrial sectors such as medical, transportation or energy, and is used at all stages of production, from proof of concept and prototyping to full-scale manufacturing. Read More

HU: students

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Several students from the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht have recently started working on projects for the TRANSFORM-CE project. In a range of different projects, the students are conducting research and are doing tests with regards to the recycling of plastics. For example, a plastic recycling machine is being built, tests with 3D printing are taking place and a market research is being done with regards to this subject. Read More


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Summary of Transforming Plastics Webinar: During the webinar ‘Transforming Plastics’, on November 10th, Jimmy Mulkens from Save Plastics gave an interesting presentation about the TRANSFORM_CE project which attracted a lot of interest about re-designing and new markets to transform plastics from household waste into valuable new products among the 45 participants from various countries and professions. Read More

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Business Case Studies

Support to Business

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If you are looking for solutions  in utilising single-use-plastic waste within your business to transition towards a circular economy? Would you like to explore the benefits of additive manufacturing and intrusion-extrusion moulding technologies?

TRANSFORM-CE is offering 20 businesses in-depth, expert support to design new, recycled plastic products and develop innovative circular business models, helping to future-proof their operations. We invite companies to join.

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Business case reports

As part of the TRANSFORM-CE project, several case studies are done to benchmark existing circular economy business models: (More info coming soon)

- Gallery of valuable new products

Pilot plants

- The Netherlands

- United Kingdom

- Belgium

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