Potential environmental benefits of improving recycling of polyolefines – LCA of Magnetic density separation (MDS) developed in the EU FP7 funded project W2Plastic

Stig Irving Olsen, Alexandra Bonou

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleResearchpeer-review

    Abstract

    The core of the EU FP7 funded project W2Plastic is development of a magnetic density separation (MDS) of polyolefines in order to improve the sorting efficiency of these polymer types in different waste fractions. As part of the project a life cycle assessment is performed in order to firstly identify eco-design criteria for the development and secondly to document the potential environmental improvement of polyolefin recycling using the MDS technology. A preliminary study focusing solely on the carbon footprint benefits of recycling plastic waste compared to virgin production of polymers showed that there are large benefits to recycling. However, including other uses of the waste illustrates that the benefits to a large extent depend on that the recycled plastic have such high quality that it can actually replace virgin plastic and also to some extent depends on which energy systems e.g. energy recovery from incineration substitutes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Journal(Year) International Conference on Solid Waste Technology. Proceedings
    Issue number27
    Number of pages12
    ISSN1091-8043
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event27th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management - Philadelphia, PA, United States
    Duration: 11 Mar 201214 Mar 2012
    Conference number: 27

    Conference

    Conference27th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management
    Number27
    CountryUnited States
    CityPhiladelphia, PA
    Period11/03/201214/03/2012

    Keywords

    • Recycling
    • Plastics
    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • Magnetic density separation
    • Substitution

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Potential environmental benefits of improving recycling of polyolefines – LCA of Magnetic density separation (MDS) developed in the EU FP7 funded project W2Plastic'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this