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EU Horizon 2020

Annually, over 348 million tonnes of plastic are consumed globally, 64 million of this within the EU and 5 million tonnes in the UK. However, very little of this plastic is recycled. In the EU, a mere 25% of the plastic that is collected for recycling is recycled, with only around 5% being reused in packaging applications. The reason for this is difficulty – not only are plastics very hard to separate from one another but they are also hard to reuse in high-value application such as packaging, due to high levels of contamination and unsuitability for remanufacture.

ReVentas has developed a disruptive new technology that can purify PE and PP of all pigments and additives allowing it to be returned to a ‘virgin-like’ polymer state. This will be an entirely new way to extract value from recyclate and enable it to be used in a wider range of applications.  Recycled plastics will be more valuable and relevant to end-market applications making their use far more widely spread and increasing the quantity of recyclate moving back into packaging and other high-end applications.

ReVentas are currently scaling their new technology up to the pilot scale, having completed the designs in 2021/2022 and started construction. Results so far have proven the commercial feasibility of the process and shown the end product is of high quality and desired by end users, with further trials being undertaken in the 2nd half of the pilot project. The pilot plant will allow the validation of the technology by end users. ReVentas are in the process of identifying and building partnerships with key strategic partners for the future scale-up and commercial expansion of the technology.

ReVentas’s current programme focuses on developing the process to selectively decontaminate and “tune” the end properties of recycled Polyethylene, one of the most common plastics used in packing. By adjusting the physical properties and returning the material to a natural state, ReVentas will be able to develop polymers adjusted to the customers’ needs (blow moulding, injection moulding, film) and remove the variability inherent in waste plastic feedstocks. Ultimately this will greatly increase the use of recycled polymer in packaging applications by giving manufacturers the performance and reliability they need whilst also opening up new feedstock for ReVentas to tackle.

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EU Horizon 2020

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101010875