Commercial Scale Mixed Plastics Recycling Trials

25th January 2017

WRAP commissioned the report to assess the business case for a commercially sustainable, integrated mixed plastics waste processing solution in the UK.

Key points:
There is potential for MRFs to be modified to accept and process mixed plastics from kerbside and retail collections. In some cases modification may be minimal
The majority of mixed plastics (films and rigids) can be reclaimed and reprocessed into replacements for virgin resins in a wide range of products
A combined ‘PRF +Reprocessor’ will have intrinsic efficiencies of operation in machinery utilisation and waste reduction

Overview

Overview

This project assesses the detailed business case for a commercially sustainable, integrated mixed plastics waste management solution in the UK. To help address this, WRAP aims to develop a minimum of 40,000 tonnes/yr of recycling capacity in the UK for mixed plastics by 2011, which can process the anticipated increase in household mixed plastics recovered for recycling, and support end market demand for recycled plastics.

This project investigates the challenges for Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in supplying mixed plastics waste for recycling, and demonstrates how MRFs can handle mixed plastics in an integrated and economically sustainable way.

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