Valencia, 14 March 2019 – Approximately 70% of European plastic waste (18.5 Mt/year) is not being recycled due to technical or economic reasons and is thus sent to landfill (27%) or incinerated (42%). This situation affects negatively the environment in terms of pollution and greenhouse gases emissions, as well as social perception regarding waste management, consumer’s products industry and policy makers.
Integrated catalytic recycling of plastic residues into added-value chemicals (iCAREPLAST) project is set to address the cost and energy-efficient recycling of a large fraction of today’s non-recyclable plastics and composites from urban waste. iCAREPLAST project has been funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme within the SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) initiative. The project with a budget of 7.9 M€ is coordinated by José M. Serra, Research Professor at the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ), joint centre of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). The consortium brings together 10 leading European research/academic institutions and industries from 5 different countries(**) and an advisory board composed of 3 multinationals and a representative of the European regional authorities.