LONDON (July 24, 12:15 p.m. ET) — A three-year long pan-European project to produce high value plastic items from the lowest grade waste material is on the verge of developing commercially viable products.
Titled Prime, for Plastic Recyclate Injection Moulding Engineering, the project is a consortium of 10 partners from Europe, including universities, research centers and small- and medium-sized enterprises.
It proposes to use mixed polymer waste – effectively residue from already-recycled plastics – to manufacture high value products for use in infrastructure projects such as flood defenses and railways, as well as automotive and aerospace sectors.
The aim is to make strong and versatile products that ape the properties of timber or aluminum, said Steve Morgan, Prime's dissemination and exploitation manager.
Morgan said the first two years of the 36-month project had been about “research and investigation.”
“We've now got to the point where we are producing products but we want to be happy with them in terms of their quality and ability to do the job before any commercial roll-out,” he said.
While Prime planned a “raft of tests” in the coming 12 months, Morgan said the processes undertaken so far had been satisfactory, although he added there were often “more questions than answers.”