A successful circular plastics economy requires optimized collection and sorting processes that are upstream of the recycling of recyclable materials. Advanced process technologies are used to recover polymers and monomers, which are initially fed into the cycle and can then be further processed into products.
Our offer to you:
- We want to optimize the upstream process steps in the current recycling of plastics. The aim is to ensure that, when plastic waste is collected and sorted, a larger quantity of suitable material can be returned to production as a raw material (recycled content).
- We develop raw material and mechanical processes as well as conceptual aspects in order to obtain polymers and monomers from the industry-specific lifecycles of plastics.
- We develop conceptual measures for optimized collection and sorting.
We are investigating both chemical recycling processes for conventional and bio-based polymers and recovery strategies for mass plastics such as PS (polystyrene), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and PU (polyurethane). A holistic approach is particularly important: Our comprehensive analysis thus takes into account parameters such as eco-efficiency and the cost-benefit ratio. The result is a catalog of measures that includes the various sectors and types of plastics and takes account of country-specific waste management developments.
Circular Logistics and Sustainability
Innovative processes for efficient logistics, and sustainability assessments are intended to lead to optimized recycling of plastics. In addition, new evaluation methods are to be developed that indicate the direction of material and product innovations and will allow the circular life-cycle of plastics streams to be monitored in the future.
Our offer to you:
- We carry out a complete digital recording of the respective state of recycling of your plastic, in order to evaluate the recycling of plastics efficiently in the long term.
- We develop new methods to create virtual images of plastics and products in order to originate a life-cycle-wide process data management.
- With the help of the “digital twin”, we track plastics in the cycle and evaluate them economically and ecologically.
- We are researching social aspects and involving plastics stakeholders from business, science, and society in new measures for circular value creation.