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

Posted on 06-05-2021

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

Posted on 06-05-2021

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
Manchester
M1 5GD
United Kingdom
c.banks@mmu.ac.uk www.mmu.ac.uk
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

Lead Partner:
The Interreg NW Europe funded project, TRANSFORM-CE, is lead by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Circular Waste Management organisations:
They are joined by circular waste management organisations bCircular GmbH based in Germany, and Save Plastics in The Netherlands, in partnership with sub-partners Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH (DE), and Cirwinn (NL).

Public authority:
Public authority, Municipality of Almere, is also a key contributor to the project, having built a Green Plastic Factory in Almere and delivered household plastic waste as a resource. They continue to coordinate project communications.

Research and test centres:
The project is actively supported by the following research and test centres:
Materia Nova, IfaS, Manchester Metropolitan University, SOENECS, Hogeschool Utrecht, Technische Universiteit Delft.

Member of the advisory board:
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)

Associated partners:
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)

Events


Webinar-cyclus Hogeschool Utrecht

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On November 10, 2020, Save plastics, the Municipality of Almere, TU Delft and the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences will jointly organise a webinar. We invite you to participate in this webinar to tell you more about our special Transform-CE project and to start a discussion together about transforming plastics into valuable new products.
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Business Case Studies


Business Case Study #3: Haval

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One of the activities of the TRANSFORM-CE project is researching circular business models of companies. In July 2021 a new law goes into effect, banning many plastic SUP disposables. This has a huge impact on the business of Haval, who has been producing such products for over 35 years. Read More

Business Case Study #1: 10XL

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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 studies are in the process of being completed with exemplary examples, benchmarking existing circular economy business models, and paving the way forward for wider uptake across the North-west Europe region. One such company is 10XL in the Netherlands. Read More


Support to Business

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.

Apply today by contacting circulareconomy@mmu.ac.uk. See attached factsheet about opportunities and benefits.

> Are you a business interested in being a part of TRANSFORM-CE? Register your interest here!

> Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University have developed new filaments from recycled, post-consumer and traditionally hard to recycle single-use plastics. Request your free trial spool.

Opportunities and benefits

  • Valorise plastic waste streams by turning these materials into new products for sale
  • Receive technical support to integrate intrusion-extrusion moulding or additive manufacturing technology within your business
  • Improve the circularity of in-house prototyping, modelling, visualisation and on-demand production activities by switching to recycled additive manufacturing filaments
  • Leverage additive manufacturing and recycled filaments to create custom parts and components for sale and service delivery (e.g., repair)
  • Leverage intrusion-extrusion moulding to design innovative new products from recycled plastic (e.g. roof tiles and playground equipment)
  • Apply intrusion-extrusion moulding technology to upscale production of recycled plastic products and components
Eligibility

  • Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • Registered address and operations in the Netherlands, UK, Germany or Belgium
  • Entitled to receive De Minimis State Aid
  • Willing to make use of Single Use Plastic waste
Process

Step 1. Enquiry & Eligibility Check Send your enquiry to CircularEconomy@mmu.ac.uk. We will arrange an informal conversation to ensure we can provide the support you need and to check your eligibility for the programme.

Step 2. Initial Diagnostic An assessment of your business will be conducted, identifying barriers and opportunities for circularity.

Step 3. Circular Product Development We will work closely with you to design new, circular products (or re-design existing products) using recycled single-use-plastic waste and leveraging additive manufacturing and/or intrusion-extrusion moulding technologies.

Step 4. Circular Business Model Development Expert advice will be provided to help you commercialise your new (or redesigned) circular product innovations, creating a successful, circular business model.

Step 5. Recommendations A final assessment will be completed, including key recommendations. Businesses can also access technical support, such as material testing and equipment.

Step 6. Report Results will be written into a succinct, yet informative case study report. Supported businesses will be provided with excellent exposure opportunities across the Netherlands, UK, Germany and Belgium through TRANSFORM-CE.

Contact

Manchester Metropolitan University
Lead Partner
circulareconomy@mmu.ac.uk

linkedin.com/company/transform-ce @Transform_CE www.nweurope.eu/transform-ce

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Are you interested in utilising single-use-plastic waste within your business to transition towards a circular economy?

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FAQ

What is Transform-CE

TRANSFORM-CE is an Interreg NW Europe funded project bringing together partners from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium to turn single use plastic waste (SUP) into valuable, new products. To do this, the project is using two innovative technologies: Intrusion Extrusion Moulding (IEM), which is moulding low value, mixed plastic waste into larger products, such as cladding, roof tiles and outdoor furniture, and Additive Manufacturing (AM), where high-grade plastics are separated by material type and extruded into filaments that can be 3D printed into a variety of products.  The project is working closely with businesses and stakeholders to support the successful uptake of the solutions developed.  

The focus of TRANSFORM-CE is also to support the creation of new, circular products with complementary circular economy business models to ensure that solutions are commercially viable, leading to asignificant diversion of  SUP from landfill and incineration, to feedstocks for AM and IEM.

This approach is bringing together SUP waste producers, waste handlers, plastic engineering companies, consumers, public authorities and product manufacturers to provide a closed loop system that is technologically, operationally and commercially viable, securing investment in the creation of additional IEM and AM processing centres, replicating TRANSFORM-CE’s solutions across NWE-regions.

What examples exist of the circular economy in practice?

Circular economy processes and initiatives are already being implemented  across North West Europe. View a range of examples from both businesses and project partners.

Where can I find the project partners?

Transform-CE short overview below is suitable for media articles. If you need additional details, please contact Bureau MVO (miranda@bureaumvo.nl).

See: WHO WE ARE

Can I use the Transform-CE-logo?

Please contact Bureau MVO if you would like to publish the Transform-CE logo, stating the name of your media platform and the purpose for which the logo would be used.

Using our content or research

You can use our content if you follow these guidelines: Transform-CE is providing its content on the basis you will respect its rights under copyright and other intellectual property law. You may use; adapt; copy; and/or translate the Transform-CE content provided on its/our website only for educational or personal use, to further You must acknowledge that Transform-CE is the source of the original content by ensuring the correct form of the copyright notice is marked on any use, adaptations, copies or translations of all, or part, of that content. We also ask that you make it clear in your accreditation that it is an unofficial translation by yourselves and you do not suggest or imply that the content has been endorsed or approved by us.

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You must not use the content provided to you  by Transform-CE in any commercial way or commercially exploit it in any way; use that content for any purpose other than to pursue a fair understanding of the circular economy; interpret or adapt the content in a way which contradicts or perverts its original intent; use that content for any illegal purpose; licence that content; sell that content; rent that content; lease that content; and/or assign or transfer your rights in that content.



Identifying business needs and opportunities for a Circular Economy Plastic Road Map.  The results in this report form a basis for formulating the CE roadmap, which further examines the needs of companies and the requirements from the industry/other parties in the chain. Seven in-depth workshops are done to achieve an inventory of the various barriers and enablers organisations face with the uptake of recycled plastic feedstock.

As part of the TRANSFORM-CE project, this report identifies industry and business needs to use recycled materials in production processes. This document combines the outputs of workshops held in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium. The results form a basis for formulating the CE roadmap, which further examines the needs of companies and the requirements from the industry/other parties in the chain.

Inventory of barriers and enablers for the uptake of recycled plastic

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