The PLASTICIRCLE project aims to improve different transformation phases of waste into valuable products, including the design of intelligent containers for separate waste collection, the improvement of transport routes, waste sorting technologies for light packaging, and the recycling of such waste for the manufacture of final products. The solutions concerning this project will be tested in the cities of Utrecht (The Netherlands), Valencia (Spain) and Alba Iulia (Romania).
The PLASTICIRCLE project is developed by a consortium of 20 European companies led by ITENE (Instituto Tecnológico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logística), based in Valencia, Spain. This project receives funding from the European Commission through the H2020 programme.
PICVISA's contribution to this project focuses on the redesign of automated feeding systems and machine-vision sorting of plastic waste, paying special attention to light plastic containers, plastic film, multi-layer and multi-material packaging. Machine-vision sorting technologies include different solutions for the material detection within the range of electromagnetic waves, which will be hierarchized according to production parameters that include costs and recovery efficiency.
In a final phase, recycled materials will be reprocessed by extrusion, injection or compression molding, for the manufacture of automotive parts, foam panels for wind turbines and for roofing, garbage bags, asphalt layer components, fences and benches.