THE PROYECT

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.

OBJETIVES SPECIFIC 

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.