25 February, 2014

The current status of the project in January 2014 is:

Action 2: Product and equipment requirements

During the implementation of Action 2, which concluded in December 2011, the following activities were successfully performed: study and identification of plastic waste from different waste management and collection centers and definition of technical requirements of polyolefin mixtures to be treated in the recycling pilot plant. Different tests were performed in the prototype drum with capacity of 200 kg/hour and Life Cycle Analysis of recycled LDPE was carried out in order to compare it with virgin LDPE.

Action 3: Pretreatment post-consumer polyolefins mixtures

Action 3 began in January 2012 and was concluded in September 2012. During the development of this action, a comprehensive study, analysis and evaluation of already existing techniques for treatment and conditioning of waste plastics were carried out in order to obtain a material input as homogenous and suitable as possible for the recycling demonstration line.

 

Solid Wastes

Action 4: Design prototype thermal treatment – Phase 1.

Action 4 ended in August 2013 and objectives set out in the project proposal were successfully achieved. Thus, during the development of this action, prototype equipment for thermal processing has been designed and built, whereby the most appropriated thermal contraction of the post-consumer polyolefin mixture is achieved.

 

estado proyecto - rec-polyolefin

 

 Action 5: Design of separation equipment – Phase 2.

During Action 5, which is currently running, the two separation equipment based on different technologies (pneumatic and electrostatic) are being designed, obtaining from each of them a different stream of contracted polyolefin mixtures: 1st stream: PP and HDPE (95.5%).

 

 

The technical tasks to be performed during the next period of the project are:

o Action 6: Recycling tests with the new plant.

o Action 7: Final processing of recycled polyolefin