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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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After two years of researches, the European project LIFE EXTRUCLEAN has resulted in an innovative process in pilot plant to decontaminate plastic wastes having contained hazardous substances. Effectiveness of the new technology exceeds 70 % the conventional processes, while the challenge of the coming six months is scaling the results at industrial level and validating the characteristics of the new packages manufactured with the resulting material.

The project has a duration of 30 months and is funded through the EU’s LIFE programme and coordinated by AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre. Other entities, such as the technology centre AIDIMME, the association of exporters ARVET, as well as companies such as ACTECO and ENPLAST take part, all leaders in the plastics recycling and packaging manufacturing, respectively.