Projects in packaging, plastics or circular economy


Plasticircle: This project aims to promote the transition towards a circular economy, and to contribute to the European Union's waste management and recycling targets to 2030. The consortium will focus on the development of smart containers for separate waste collection, on the improvement of transport routes, and of sorting and reprocessing technologies, eventually converting packaging waste into value-added products such as foam boards, automotive parts, roofing membranes, garbage bags, asphalt and urban furniture. Three European cities will pilot and test the PlastiCircle solutions: Alba Iulia (Romania), Valencia (Spain), and Utrecht (the Netherlands). Visit here.


CEFLEX: A Horizon 2020 project that aims to further enhance the performance of flexible packaging in the circular economy by advancing packaging design solutions identified by the project consortium – companies and associations representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging. By 2020, flexible packaging will be recycled by an increasing number of European countries, facilitated by CEFLEX through (i) developing and applying robust design guidelines, and (ii) identifying and developing sustainable end markets for the secondary materials recycled from flexible packaging. The project foresees that by 2025, CEFLEX will facilitate a collection, sorting and reprocessing infrastructure for post-consumer flexible packaging across Europe. Visit here.


PaperChain: This Horizon 2020 project (‘New Niche Markets for Pulp and Paper Industry Waste based on circular economy approaches’) aims to demonstrate the technical and environmental feasibility of using different residues generated in the pulp and paper industry as a secondary raw material, with the aim of becoming competitive substitutes for primary raw materials in near future. This project includes five large-scale demonstrators (“demo cases”) in different operational environments: construction in Portugal (asphalt mixtures and concrete in roads), Spain (stabilised-soil layers in roads) and Slovenia (composite materials for slide stabilisation in railways); chemical in Sweden (bio-ethanol for secondary chemicals); and mining in Sweden (sealing layers for reactive spoil). Visit here.


EFFECTIVE: Project EFFECTIVE is a multi-company collaboration to produce more sustainable bio-based fibers and plastics for large consumer products by using renewable feedstocks and innovative technologies. Its goal is to reshape entire product value chains by designing new products for a better tomorrow. The project embraces the circular economy to close the material cycle and make sure to maximise the value of every fiber and plastic that is created.