The PLASTICIRCLE project aims to improve different stages of waste recovery; transformation of waste into valuable products. The project includes the design of intelligent containers for the selective collection of waste. It also improves transportation routes and light packaging waste classification technologies. It also includes the recycling of such waste for the manufacture of final products. The solutions that concern this project will be tested in the cities of Utrecht (Netherlands), Valencia (Spain) and Alba Iulia (Romania).

The PLASTICIRCLE project is developed by a consortium of 20 European companies led by ITENE (Technological Institute of Packaging, Transport and Logistics), based in Valencia, Spain. This project receives funding from the European Commission through the H2020 program.

PICVISA‘s contribution to this project focuses on the redesign of automated feeding and artificial vision separation systems for plastic waste. All this paying special attention to light plastic packaging, plastic film, multi-layer and multi-material packaging. Machine vision separation technologies include different material detection solutions. This detection and waste recovery is carried out with materials within the range of electromagnetic waves, which will be ranked according to production parameters that include costs and performance.

In a final phase of reprocessing the waste, final products manufactured by extrusion, injection or compression molding of various parts will be developed. These include automotive parts, foam plates for wind turbines and roof structures. But also garbage bags, components of asphalt layers, fences and banks.