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Recyclable Polymers

End-use applications from opaque rPET (could potentially be other excessive and notapplicable polymers)

According to the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP), PET is the most recycled plastic packaging material in Europe with 1.8 million tons of PET bottles recycled in 2015. Clear and light blue PET bottles can be decontaminated and thereby upgraded to food grade recycled (r)PET, which gives them the potential to provide a high value market. The fraction of opaque rPET has very limited end-use applications meaning that sorting facilities systematically remove it from their recycling streams or reject it prior to the recycling process. The result is a high proportion of opaque PET bottles that cannot be recycled into current applications.

Is it possible to modify unwanted opaque rPET in order to make it suitable for new end-use applications?

For instance, one could use discarded car tires to modify the impact strength of rPET or use eggshells or feathers as mineral filling in rPET as these exist in abundance as a bi-product from the chicken industry.

Parties: Aarhus University, Færch plast, Ecco, LEGO, Teknologisk Institut, others?

Contact person industry: Ram Søren Sarusie (Færch Plast)

Contact person AU: Mogens Hinge