Extruclean Layman´s Report

2017-05-31

LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project aims to demonstrate the viability of the implementation of a more efficient technology in the recycling of plastics, specifically in the recycling of polyethylene (PE) packages that have contained hazardous substances, based on the use of supercritical carbon dioxide (sc-CO2), leading to a recycled material free of hazardous contaminants and a recycling process with improved efficiency in comparison with the current technology.

 Plastic packages that have contained hazardous  substances become hazardous waste after use.  EU legislation covering hazardous waste requires  Members States to comply with certain rules  concerning its collection, handling, recycling and  treatment.

 The layman's report is a magazine that serves  to inform decision-makers and non-technical    parties on the objectives of the project and    the results achieved.

 This is a stand-alone document, done in a magazine of 12 pages in total and also available in digital format via the project´s website.

5th newsletter LIFE EXTRUCLEAN

2016-12-30

During the first half of the project, EXTRUCLEAN technology was set at pilot plant level and the decontamination process was optimized using polyethylene jerricans contaminated in a controlled way with simulant liquids representative of the different contaminants in hazardous plastic waste. In the second half, implementation of the EXTRUCLEAN technology at industrial scale is carried out and decontamination trials with real hazardous waste are being performed.

In the last months of the project, work is focused on finishing the industrial scale-up processes, involving the use of the new technology at ACTECOS´s facilities and the production of jerricans made from the new recycled polyethylene. The new packages will be validated for the transport of hazardous substances and miscellaneous. Other aspects like the economic viability and the reduction of the environmental impact with the production and use of the new packages will also be defined in the last stage. The project is programmed to end on 30th June 2017

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1st Test at industrial scale implementing EXTRUCLEAN technology.

2016-12-19

The project has demonstrated the effectiveness of the new technology for decontamination of hazardous plastic waste at pilot plant scale, being up to a 70% more effective than the traditional decontamination processes.

During the first half of the project, EXTRUCLEAN technology was set at pilot plant level and the decontamination process was optimized using polyethylene jerricans contaminated in a controlled way with simulant liquids representative of the different contaminants in hazardous plastic waste. In the second half, implementation of the EXTRUCLEAN technology at industrial scale has been carried out and the start-up of the new recycling line was performed at ACTECO facilities. This will enable to obtain the new recycled PE at industrial scale for the production of jerricans for hazardous substances in the beginning of 2017.

Life Extruclean will be presented at K tradefair (19-26 October 2016)

2016-10-11

Aimplas will exhibit at K tradefair with an information booth from 19 till 26 of October 2016 in Düsseldorf (Germany), where Life Extruclean will be presented.

K fair is the most important fair in the sector of plastics and rubber where the most important companies of the sector exhibit achieving the number of more than 3.000 exhibitors.

booth location: Hall 7 level 1 B41

 

Published article at LIFE Website about EXTRUCLEAN project

2016-07-18

The LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project (LIFE13 ENV/ES/000067) has developed an innovative process to remove hazardous substances from plastic waste. This represents a good example of upcycling: creating a higher quality recycled material. This type of upcycling is particularly relevant to the new EU Circular Economy Package (December 2015), which prioritises approaches that address hazardous substances.

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4th Newsletter Life Extruclean

2016-07-11

 

Objectives and results up to now

 The project has demonstrated the effectiveness of the new technology for decontamination of hazardous plastic waste at pilot plant scale, being more effective than traditional decontamination process.

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A new decontamination technology will allow recycling packages having contained hazardous substances

2016-07-04

AIMPLAS, together with AIDIMME, ARVET, ACTECO and ENPLAST, coordinates the project LIFE EXTRUCLEAN. Thanks to new decontamination technologies, it has been achieved to eliminate 70 % more contaminant substances than with the conventional process.

In the coming months, the project will be scaled at industrial level and the use of the material obtained in the manufacture of new packages will be validated. 

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LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project will participate on 26th May in the Conference: Financing opportunities 2016 for the chemical sector

2016-05-09

LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project will participate on 26th of May, through its partner ACTECO in the conference “Financing Opportunities 2016 for the Chemical sector”, that it will take place in  Valencia’s Chamber of Commerce.

Place: Salon de Actos-Valencia’s Chamber of commerce

Address: C/ Poeta Querol,15 – Valencia

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Organized by Quimacova, Cámara and REDIT

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The Best LIFE Environment projects 2014

2016-02-10

This new publication from the LIFE programme, the EU's fund for the environment and climate action, highlights the achievements and value for money of the most outstanding Environment projects completed before the end of 2014.

The 25 featured projects - drawn from nine EU   Member States – showcase examples of practical solutions to many of the most pressing environmental challenges of the age, including  reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change, using water less wastefully, protecting soil quality, managing and reusing waste and developing greener manufacturing processes. 

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3rd NEWSLETTER LIFE EXTRUCLEAN

2016-01-11

What is LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project about?

LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project aims to demonstrate the viability of the implementation of the supercritical fluids extraction (SFE) technology in the extrusion process involved in plastics recycling, leading to a recycled material free of hazardous contaminants and a recycling process with improved efficiency, in comparison with the current technology for hazardous plastic waste.

LIFE EXTRUCLEAN process will allow lower environmental impact of the process, reaching at least the same efficacy in the hazardous character elimination of the recycled material.

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Partners of LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project held a technical meeting at ENPLAST facilities on 28th October 2015

2015-12-01

LIFE EXTRUCLEAN’s project objective is to eliminate toxicity of plastic waste coming from plastic packages that have contained hazardous substances, like solvents or phytosanitary products, using carbon dioxide (sc-CO2) in supercritical conditions in the extrusion process. The use of sc-CO2 is an alternative to traditional decontaminating processes that consume big amounts of water and other cleaning agents to eliminate toxicity.

Life-Extruclean project will be present at HYGIENALIA + PULIRE Fair 2015

2015-10-21

The Cleaning and Hygiene association of Spanish Manufacturers, ASFEL, which is part of ARVET, will be exhibiting at Hygienalia+Pulire trade show, that will be held in Madrid from 27th - 29th October 2015.

The association will have an information booth, where brochures about LIFE-EXTRUCLEAN will be displayed and distributed to potential clients.

ASFEL will inform all potential customers and possible users about the project that is being carried out.

Companies interested in receiving more information on this project, can visit the ASFEL booth G50 during Hygienalia+Pulire trade show.

More information: http://www.life-extruclean.eu/

 

2nd newsletter Life Extruclean

2015-06-03

What is LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project about?

LIFE EXTRUCLEAN project aims to demonstrate the viability of the implementation of the supercritical fluids extraction (SFE) technology, in the extrusion process involved in plastics recycling, leading to a recycled material free of hazardous contaminants and a recycling process with improved efficiency, in comparison with the current technology, for hazardous plastic waste (reduced number of washing & drying stages involved, less energy and resources consumption, less effluents to manage).

Presentation of the project EXTRUCLEAN at the 27th IAPRI Symposium 2015

2015-05-14

The EXTRUCLEAN Project will be presented at the 27th IAPRI Symposium 2015 that will be held in Valencia (Spain) from 8th to 11th June. IAPRI is the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes and annually organizes this event assembling students and researcher from worldwide that share their experiences and works in the packaging field.

IAPRI-International association of packaging research Institutes