This project aims to find new use for low value plastic packaging waste material by adding (waste) fibers. The resulting composite materials will be tested for their viability in pallets for the packaging and transport industry.
Brightlands Materials Center has developed an innovative technology with pilot industrial scale equipment to recycle fiber reinforced thermoplastics. Using this technology, the circular application of fiber reinforced thermoplastics is demonstrated preventing as much as possible downgrading of the performance and value of material.
In the SCOPAC project this technology is being employed by partners Witcom and Brightlands Materials Center to combine low value packaging waste with waste fibers from partner Eurocarbon. Attero and Tusti have expressed their interest in the goal of the project and provide low-quality polymer packaging waste.
Partners Q-Pall and Plastica will evaluate and test the resulting upgraded composite material in rigid packaging pallets and as such replace current solutions based on virgin materials.
The consortium stretches across a potential new and more sustainable supply chain that aims to keep waste materials in use. BMC is planning to upscale this technology to a proven capacity of 200 tons/year and to demonstrate a suitable circular business model to firstly support the SMEs in the south of the Netherlands and later in other Dutch or European regions.
For more information about the SCOPAC project and the expertise that Brightlands Materials Center and TNO bring to the project, please contact the Business Development Manager of our Sustainable Mobility program line, Richard Janssen.