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. Using Life cycle analysis, these any claims on efficiency and sustainability will be continuously monitored.