The Environment and Climate Action Program (LIFE) is the financial instrument of the European Union dedicated to the environment for the period 2014-2020. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4.500 projects. For the 2014-2020 financing period, LIFE will contribute approximately 3.4 billion euros to the protection of the environment and the climate. A total of 823 projects have been financed in Spain, in all periods, with a total investment of the European Union of € 663M.
The main objective of LIFE4FILM is to demonstrate how to avoid incineration and waste disposal of PLASTIC FILM OF POLYETHYLENE (LDPE) contained in urban solid waste (MSW) through innovative recycling technologies in a pre-industrial recycling plant of 1.40 ton / h (10,000 ton / year). The new technology will increase the efficiency of the resources, valuing the LDPE of the MSW in usable industrial raw material while guaranteeing its acceptance in the market. The pilot plant located in Alhendín (Granada – Spain) will produce 0.55 ton / h of recycled material – approximately 4,000 ton / year. The LIFE4FILM consortium gathers its experience of the main European actors to design and develop a new integrated waste recovery and recycling solution of PLASTIC FILM based on a low carbon economy and a more sustainable waste treatment.
To reduce by 11.000 tons per year (23% of all plastics in MSW) the plastic waste landfilled and incinerated by recovering and recycling LDPE.
To increase the recycling rate of plastic Film waste by 80% in MSW, through innovative cost-effective technologies spanning the value chain of recycling.
Revalue the waste
To revalorize urban plastic waste, incorporating 70% r-PE in new products, supporting a circular understanding of the manufacturing-recycling economy (bag-to bag concept).
To reduce the plastic industry’s carbon footprint and CO2 emissions by 65% when comparing the use of recycled Film to virgin materials. Reducing 0.963 tons of CO2, per ton of r-LDPE used by the plastic industry.
To create full-time and part-time jobs during demonstration.