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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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.
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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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.
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)
Scholars collaborating on the TRANSFROM-CE project have been studying good practices of Circular Economy Business Models. These lessons are being used to support companies that want to establish a circular business, or transform their current business in order to be ready for a circular economy. Read More
The development of a new filament for 3D printing marks a milestone in the Interreg North West Europe funded TRANSFORM-CE project. Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University have developed new filaments from recycled, post-consumer and traditionally hard to recycle single-use plastics. Read More
We were very pleased with the attendance of and input to our first Transform-CE webinar on ‘Transform Single-use Plastic Waste into Valuable Products’ on 4 November. We welcomed 61 online guests from all over the world, 172 persons registered, and discussed new additive manufacturing and intrusion-extrusion moulding technologies. Read More
Our research findings suggest that there are good opportunities for marketing products made of recycled plastics because these products provide environmental benefits and consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental challenges that our society faces today. Read More
On Thursday, November 4, 2021 you are most welcome to join the webinar about TRANSFORM-CE in English. The project team will then tell you what it is looking for and provide examples of business support opportunities. You can register for the webinar. After registration you will receive the login details for the webinar. Read More
Post-consumer, single-use plastic (SUP) waste has been successfully transformed into 3D printing filaments – which will eventually be used by businesses to make sustainable new products – as part of a multi-million pound international research project, led by Manchester Metropolitan University. Read More
About 79% of all plastic waste ends up in landfill or as litter. The TRANSFORM-CE research project’s objective is to help find better uses for thousands of tonnes of plastic waste in North West Europe. To achieve this goal, TRANSFORM-CE is working with several companies and students. Read More
Traditionally, embankments are made of concrete or hardwood. These materials have one major disadvantage and that is that over time, they start rotting and crumbling away where they meet the water and thus require regular maintenance and replacement. The Province of Flevoland in the Netherlands will soon start a pilot that involves placing a sustainable embankment along the Hoge Vaart waterway at close to the town of Almere. Read More
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 email@example.com. See attached factsheet about opportunities and benefits.
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> 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
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
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.
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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.
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The aim of this report is to provide analysis of the crucial factors that affect the future volume of plastic feedstock available for AM and IEM manufacturing uses. It looks at the factors that create the single use plastic environment, to identify how to increase the circularity of plastics through recycling, this reducing the amount that is single use.
The project is also developing new filament formulas to improve performance and add functionality, such as conductivity, flexibility and reinforced strength, as well as conducting a life cycle analysis for the materials and technology.
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.
Report: Inventory of barriers and enablers for the uptake of recycled plastic
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.
1) The review of the results from 46 articles demonstrated that factors such as environmental benefits, perceived quality, safety, risks, emotions, and individual differences influence consumer acceptance of products made from recycled materials. The present review presents the state-of-the-art of the existing literature and future potential directions that can be fruitful for academics and practitioners interested in the topic.
Report: Consumer acceptance of products made from recycled materials: A scoping review
Consumers have a positive attitude towards products made from recycled materials; however, they frequently
end up not purchasing them. To shed light on the factors that influence consumer preferences and acceptance of
products made from recycled materials, a scoping review was conducted with the following objectives: (1) to
explore which factors are drivers of the acceptance of products made from recycled materials, (2) to identify and
analyse potential barriers for their adoption, and (3) to formulate recommendations for future research in order
to further enhance choices of alternatives made from recycled materials.
2) How can companies increase the appeal of recycled plastics to consumers? In this paper, we propose a set of seven guidelines intended to highlight the value of products made from recycled plastics, tackle any perceived risks, and thereby enhance consumer acceptance of such products. Specifically, we highlight how aspects related to product design, marketing elements and business models, can increase consumer evaluations and adoption of products made from recycled plastics. The proposed guidelines provide future directions that could be inspiring for both academics and managers interested in the topics of consumer behaviour, circular economy, and sustainability.
Report: Guidelines to Foster Consumer Acceptance of Products Made from Recycled Plastics
3) This study presented eight business requirements that require actions from other actors in the value chain: design for recycling, optimised waste processing, standardisation, material knowledge, showing possibilities, information and education, cooperation, and regulation and government intervention. The main scientific contributions were the value chain perspective and the applied relevance of the findings. Future studies may delve deeper into the individual factors identified.
Report: Understanding Business Requirements for Increasing the Uptake of Recycled Plastic: A Value Chain Perspective