The new method is based on the CreaSolv ® process developed by the Fraunhofer Society for Processing and Packaging Technologies Institute (IVV). Within the framework of the research project “Impulse r + – impulses for the industrial saving of resources”, which is included in the general program “Research for Sustainable Development (FONA)”, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) allocated about 2 million euros. This program is specially created for the transfer of innovative technologies and solutions from laboratory conditions to the sphere of industrial application. CreaSolv ® process Plastic packaging often uses a multi-layer laminated film that consists of a combination of polymeric materials such as PE / PA, PP / PET, or has an aluminum layer. Multi-layered materials provide properties that are inaccessible to mono-products, for example, effective protection of food and consumer products from light or oxygen. However, during recycling it is necessary to separate packaging materials. Until now, this was not possible, so waste was considered unsuitable household waste. This technology is designed to produce high-quality and high-purity plastics with the quality of a new material. All odorous substances and impurities are reliably destroyed. Until now, the CreaSolv ® process has been used on an experimental scale. Now in the Circular Packaging project, this method is used in a production line intended for industrial use.
Three stages of the project The project begins with the construction of the CreaSolv ® experimental line, completely ready for the connection and processing of a certain type of waste. PE and PP from waste film are removed separately from each other. The design of the line is optimized in terms of technology and is approved. At the second stage, the equipment is transferred to an industrial scale (ScaleUp), into a commercially operated demonstration line with a daily capacity sufficient to process one truck with packaging waste. At the third stage, after commissioning, various tests are carried out to confirm the profitability and efficient use of raw materials. The required number of product samples is created, which pass the market assessment together with potential consumers of processed plastics. At the same time, the necessary waste is acquired and prepared, and then the recycled compound is compounded into high-quality products. The partners in this project are Lober GmbH & Co. Abfallentsorgungs KG (Neunburg-form-Wald), LOMI GmbH (Großostheim) and the Fraunhofer Society for Processing and Packaging Technologies (Freising). The project coordinator is Lober, which will operate the demonstration line in the future. The Fraunhofer Institute’s Processing and Packaging Technologies Institute accompanies the project at all stages of conversion to an industrial scale. The project partner, LOMI, supplies solvent-based process line components.
Together with the Fraunhofer Institute’s Institute for Processing and Packaging Technologies, LOMI has already developed technological units for an experimental line with the necessary performance margin. The high level of return of raw materials The project allows you to make an important step towards a closed-loop economy and meets the requirements of the new German packaging law. Since 2021, the project coordinator, Lober, will be able to fully exploit the first CreaSolv ® production line in Europe for processing multi-layer consumer packaging. In addition, Lober plans to create a solvent-based recycling center of excellence. The challenge is to make CreaSolv ® technology suitable for other types of waste in the future and return the valuable polymeric substances contained in them to a new life cycle. LOMI engineering company will be able to use the results of the project to create other recycling lines. Interested investors should agree on this. In turn, the Fraunhofer Institute’s Processing and Packaging Technologies Institute plans to issue additional process licenses to enterprises using CreaSolv ® technology in Germany, Europe and around the world.