PlastiCircle aims to promote the transition towards a circular economy, and to contribute to the European Union’s waste management and recycling targets to 2030. At present, more than 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are produced per year in EU Member States, with only 29.7% being recycled. PlastiCircle’s efforts will focus on one particularly important component of this plastic waste, namely plastic packaging waste.
While rethinking various phases in the life of waste – from collection to transport, sorting to recycling – PlastiCircle ultimately aims to transform waste into valuable products. The consortium will reinvent the plastic packaging treatment process to obtain higher recycling rates, better quality and cheaper secondary raw materials, as well as better recovery and valorisation within the same value chain.
In particular, the consortium will focus on the development of smart containers for separate waste collection, on the improvement of transport routes, and of sorting and reprocessing technologies, eventually converting packaging waste into value-added products such as foam boards, automotive parts, roofing membranes, garbage bags, asphalt and urban furniture.
Eventually, PlastiCircle will define business new plans and promote the replication of the proposed solutions through training and awareness-raising activities for citizens, institutions and private companies. This will be across Europe, but notably in our three pilot cities: Alba Iulia in Romania, Valencia in Spain, and Utrecht in the Netherlands.