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The Technological Centre for Plastics (Andaltec) is playing a major role in the LIFE Plasmix project, which is focused on the development of new recycling processes for plastic materials from urban solid waste processing plants. The programme’s main goal is the improvement in retrieval for high technical specification materials, so that they can be reused for the automotive and food packaging sectors.
The project consortium comprises FCC company in a leading role, as well as Andaltec, the Spanish Association of Plastics Manufacturers (ANAIP in its Spanish acronym), Lindner Washtech (Germany), Pellenc Selective Technologies (France), Stadler Selecciona y the University of Granada, as partners. This research effort will continue until the year 2022 within the LIFE Programme, which is the only financial tool of the European Union devoted exclusively to environmental and sustainable development purposes.
Project LIFE Plasmix is intended to reduce the plastic waste which is currently incinerated or buried in landfills, giving an added value to plastic materials such as polypropylene or expanded polystyrene. The purpose behind this effort is obtaining high-quality pellets that can be used to manufacture new products, being plastic an excellent material for multiple reuse.
Besides providing technical support to the consortium throughout all the project, Andaltec will be in charge of proving the obtained material (recycled polypropylene and polystyrene) usable for the food packaging and automotive areas. Thus, researchers at Andaltec will carry out tasks such as prototype design, characterisation of the material obtained from the processing plant, manufacturing process simulation or the development and validation of demonstrators for these new technologies. LIFE Plasmix was successfully presented by Andaltec executives during the LIFE Welcome Meeting, which was celebrated last November in the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.
José Antonio Rodríguez, one of Andaltec’s researchers involved in this project, pinpoints that “LIFE Plasmix is highly oriented towards sustainability, since it presents a double advantage: on the one hand, it promotes the circular economy; on the other hand, it provides the industry with superior quality material, reused and reusable, which is something being increasingly demanded by both consumers and companies”.
Andaltec is a National Technological Centre, supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It houses a crew of 130 qualified workers in more than 10,000 square metres of high-tech facilities. Andaltec’s headquarters in Martos possess the latest technological equipment for research, development and validation of new products and materials, as well as for process optimisation.