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PROFIT: Bringing the municipal waste refinery to a next level: Plastic Recuperation and valOrisation FIT for use

The PROFIT-project is a three-year Catalisti-ICON project (2017-2019), focusing on offering an alternative for incineration of mixed plastic waste streams from complex and polluted post-consumer sources. The PROFIT-project is a cooperation between three companies (Govaerts Recycling, OWS nv and Vanheede Environment Group), the University of Ghent and OVAM. Within the University of Ghent, three research groups (IBW, CPMT and PAINT) participate and bring in their expertise.


The aim of the PROFIT-project is the valorization of plastic materials from complex waste streams to qualitative end-products. The whole value chain, from waste to separation, to final processing will be examined. Two research areas are key within this project:

  • Reverse engineering: a cost-effective separation fit-for-use, starting from the desired properties of the final product.
  • Gaining more fundamental knowledge on the behavior of post-consumer plastic waste in separation technologies (selective flotation, centrifugation, windshifting,…).

This project wants to systematically optimize the separation/processing chain, taking into account the efficient use of water, chemicals and energy.

Prof. Steven De Meester

Prof. Kim Ragaert

Prof. Arne Verliefde

Ruben Demets