CIRC-PACK aims to transform plastic packaging waste into a resource by developing a more sustainable bio-based and recyclable plastics for the manufacturing of trays, bottles, coffee capsules, jars, films, pallets, new types of multilayer and multi-material packaging, car parts, sanitary towels and nappies. It focuses on the creation of biodegradable or compostable polyesters, and on recycling processes and technology improvement to increase recovery rates, ensure quality, and a circular economy

circk pack consortium

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia

Led by

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Waste, incl. Chemicals, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Budget
8941278 US$

Start date
01/05/2017

End date
30/04/2020

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Amaya Apesteguia

Expert in ethical consumption

Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios (OCU)

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Objectives

This group of partners has joined forces to reinvent and develop more sustainable, re-usable forms of plastic packaging and support market uptake of the developed solutions. The aim is to promote a transition to a circular economy contributing to the achievement of EU waste management and recycling targets by 2030.

The overall objective is the demonstration and replication of key enabling strategies and actions in every step of the plastic packaging sector value chain that will facilitate the transition from the current linear value chain to a chain aligned with circular economy principles. The actions foreseen in the project will target seven specific objectives distributed in three Demo Cases (DC) looking for a New and Sustainable Plastics Economy. Its ambition is to deliver better system-wide economic and environmental outcomes by i) decoupling the chain from fossil feedstocks, (ii) reducing the negative environmental impact of plastic packaging; and (iii) creating an effective after-use plastics economy. In addition, in order to enhance the replicability of the proposed innovations, sustainable business models will be applied, thus activating a self-spreading principle that will open the door for the wide implementation of CIRC-PACK principles.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

General impacts:
- Substantially improving the efficient use of resources in Europe, leading to significant reduction of adverse environmental impacts, including on climate change and to optimization of production.
- Substantially reducing the generation of residual waste, by applying the principles of the waste hierarchy, compared to current practices.
- Creating new business opportunities for industry and SMEs in the EU, and improving the competitiveness of European enterprises in the global market for eco-innovative solutions.
- Demonstrating the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the proposed approaches and main elements that a business plan should include in order to realize them.
- Providing evidence-based knowledge for enabling framework conditions that facilitate a broader transition to the circular economy in the EU.
Firstly, the direct impact of CIRC-PACK innovations will be proved in the selected demo cases. Each Demo Case is linked to a different deployment level of the CIRC-PACK project.
In the demo case A, the impact is related to the dependence of packaging products from fossil row material. This first demo has been designed with the aim to offer cost effective alternatives based on fully biobased materials to the plastic value chain in the spirit of substituting the current oil-based polyolefin. The biobased plastic material produced in the monomer extraction and polymerization optimised processes will be used for different applications as food trays, films, coffee capsules, bottles, jars, plastic bags, minipallets and AHP films.

Those new products will be tested and validated considering all the requirements of these final applications and the social well-being. The impact of the demo A will be relied on the impact of the biopolymer obtained. This biopolymer will also improve the biodegradability of the final products as well as increase the capacity of making those wastes more compostable, in comparison to those materials that currently end into the landfills as persistent wastes.
The deployment level of the demo case B is linked to the plastic packaging value chain and how the proper design of the packaging formats will boost the recycling rate, and therefore, reduce the negative impact after end of life. This demo has been designed for giving solution to the most difficult packaging waste to be processed namely multi-material (board and plastic) and multilayer (several polymers). To achieve this aim, materials develop

Next steps and how to get involved

For any inputs about consumer issues in the plastic-packaging industry, feel welcome to contact Ms. Belén Ramos, Project Officer of this project at OCU (Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios, Spain). Email: belenra@ocu.org

For more detailed information:
www.circpack.eu
Twitter: @circ_economy
LinkedIn Group: Circular economy, Plastic: from waste to resource