LIFE4FILM main objective is to demonstrate how to avoid the incineration and landfilling of POLYETHYLENE (LDPE) FILM waste contained in municipal solid waste (MSW) through innovative recycling technologies in a pre-industrial recycling plant of 1,40ton/h (10,000 ton/year).

The new technology will increase resource efficiency, valorising LDPE from MSW into usable industrial feedstock while ensuring its market acceptance. The pilot-plant located in Alhendín (Granada – Spain) will produce 0,55 ton/h of recycled material – 4,000 ton/year.

LIFE4FILM consortium brings together their expertise of key European actors to design and develop a new Film waste recovery and recycling integrated solution based on a low carbon economy and a more sustainable waste treatment.

LIFE4FILM implements a first pre-industrial pilot demonstration of a new cost-effective solution based on optical separation, hot washing with squeeze dryers and closed circuit water treatment; and extrusion with double degassing. LIFE4FILM will lead to 80% LDPE WASTE deposit reduction, MSW containing 5.34% of LDPE FILM WASTE.


Waste reduction

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.

Increase rates

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).

Pollution Reduction

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.

Jobs creation

To create  full-time and  part-time jobs during demonstration.