This project relates to Task 3.2.2 “Treasure from waste: depolymerisation of plastics and synthetic textiles” of the Made in Italy Circolare e Sostenibile Extended Partnership project.
Key elements of the project
The fashion, textile, furniture and high-tech sectors produce huge quantities of synthetic waste polymers. These represent a significant environmental and economic issue, but also a valuable source of secondary raw materials. Valorisation of the latter into market products and materials requires the development of sustainable depolymerization methodologies via chemical recycling, which are currently in their early stage.
Development of sustainable technologies for the selective conversion of plastic residues obtained from the textile, footwear, upholstery and packaging industries (polyesters, polyamides, polyurethanes), as well as domestic post-consumer materials, into new plastic materials, pharmaceutical intermediates, solvents, cosmetic additives, synthetic textiles. Design of recyclable plastics and plastics from recycled materials.
The project will be broken down into the following activities, which represent the complementary possibilities and directions for plastic depolymerisation, depending on the strategy adopted, the design for recycling route selected and the plastic type to be processed. Each activity will have a leading Partner:
Proof of concept, development or validation at the lab scale of innovative methods, and the related technologies, for the chemical recycling of plastics and composites to added-value products and materials. The results are expected to contribute to the sustainability and circularity of plastics throughout their lifetime, from production to reuse, both in terms of reduction of costs, waste accumulation, environmental impact, emission of greenhouse gases, and increase in productivity, use of secondary raw materials and recyclability.
Results will fall within TRL 1 and TRL4.
New fundamental knowledge will be generated, which will assist in the design and implementation of larger scale processes. Methods will be developed aiming at reusability and upgrade of products and materials.
Targeted processes will adhere to sustainability criteria, both in terms of economic and environmental competitiveness.
Societal results will include increase of awareness of chemical recycling technologies, industrial attractiveness, impact of research at policy and regulatory level, as well as leveraging national and EU investments in research.
Boosting of jointly proposed EU research projects is also expected.
Project progress will be regularly monitored by reporting measurable indicators every ten months.