The R&D R3BORN project has been selected to be financed by the CDTI.
The R3BORN research project "Development of an Innovative System for the Compatibilization and Recycling of Plastic Waste" has been under development since 2015 by a consortium of 6 Spanish companies (Calaf Industrial, Contenur, Cromogenia Units, Figueras, Galloplast and Ferrovial Servicios leading The consortium) and the technology centers Leitat and Ci3.
The project has been awarded a grant from the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), through the granting of aid co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Multi-Regional Operational Program for Intelligent Growth.
The project is focused on the separation and recycling of plastic waste from two categories: mixed plastics and multi-layer packaging. Both types of waste offer separation difficulties in waste treatment plants. Calaf Industrial brings new technologies of separation of recyclable plastics by artificial vision, with the aim of valorizing those plastics and avoiding that they are sent to landfill/dump or they are incinerated.
With a total budget of almost € 1.4 million, the project will cover research into the entire life cycle of plastic waste.
Calaf Industrial and Ferrovial Servicios will be in charge of the identification and separation of complex plastic containers, mainly composed of layers of polypropylene and high density polyethylene. Cromogenia and Galloplast will develop the additives, compatibilizantes and dyes for the application in masterbaches and production of recycled raw materials. With such recycled plastics Contenur will develop techniques for manufacturing waste containers, and Figueras for seats and plastic furniture. In addition, two innovation centers such as Ci3 and Leitat will provide expert knowledge in innovation processes.
The project that began at the end of 2015 will end at the end of 2017.