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TyGRE

In recent years, the quantity of Solid Waste collecting has increased significantly in the EU and other industrialized countries. The problem of managing waste strongly affects not only the environment protection but also resource savings. The storing of waste tyres represents a problem within the waste management strategy of the European Community: the world production amounts to 7 million tons (according to the European Tyre Recycling Association, Report 2008), of which 3 million are generated in Europe which corresponds to 2% of the total solid waste production. Even today the final destination of nearly 23% of such an amount is the landfill, with the consequent loss of high added value materials and the adverse environmental impact.

PROWASTE

Following the growing awareness of the environmental impacts from plastic waste, the European Union has introduced a number of initiatives with measures aiming at reducing these negative effects. Among these are the Landfill Directive, the Waste Framework Directive and the Ecodesign Directive. There are also other political initiatives that have influenced the managing of plastic waste, from incinerating the plastic material or sending it to landfills towards recycling

RECYTUBE

Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) are cutting-edge materials with the ability to create a conductive net in nonconductive materials like plastics. Its incorporation to plastics has been thoroughly studied as a way to obtain light materials with electric conductive properties, like electrostatic charge dissipation or electromagnetic interference shielding.

SLAG-REC

The SLAG-REC project aims to develop an innovative device for recovering electric arc furnace (EAF) slag, a waste generated by Steel Shops, transforming this by-product in a valuable material for road construction and other applications.

W2Plastics

A polyolefin is a polymer produced from a simple alkene, and belongs to the largest group of thermoplastics. The term polyolefin means “oil-like”, referring to the oily or waxy feel of the material. They are mostly used in consumer goods, structural plastics, food packaging and industrial products and more than 30 % of the plastic consumed in Europe consists of polyolefin. However, producing new polyolefin is remarkably resource-demanding, as the manufacturing process of 1 kg polyolefin requires around 2 kg of oil. Due to technological shortcomings in the fields of technical waste treatment and plastics separation treatment, there is no way to produce high-quality secondary raw plastics material from complex waste at a reasonable cost. Today, polyolefin recyclers focus mainly on the relatively pure post industrial waste, since these wastes can be made into high-purity product materials by existing and cost-effective process technology.