On Feb­ru­ary 14, 2024, EkoPart­ner Sile­sia host­ed an indus­try meet­ing as part of a series of train­ing work­shops. The pri­ma­ry objec­tive of this gath­er­ing was to intro­duce the waste sort­ing stan­dard for PLC plant.

Accord­ing to this stan­dard, hard plas­tics con­sti­tute a mix­ture of items whose char­ac­ter­is­tics over­lap, encom­pass­ing items such as buck­ets, box­es, flower pots, and gar­den fur­ni­ture. Con­verse­ly, items such as pipes, house­hold chem­i­cal pack­ag­ing, and auto­mo­tive waste fall out­side this defined cat­e­go­ry of hard plas­tics.

Fur­ther­more, the ses­sion delved into dis­cus­sions sur­round­ing the cir­cu­lar econ­o­my, empha­siz­ing the col­lec­tive effort required to close the plas­tic cycle by trans­form­ing waste into valu­able prod­ucts. Through col­lab­o­ra­tive action, we can pave the way towards a more sus­tain­able future.

We extend our appre­ci­a­tion to FCC, Alba Pol­s­ka, Marter Tychy, PreZe­ro, and Sego for their pres­ence and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event.

Below a pho­to col­lage  from the event:

 

 

 

Project coor­di­na­tor — INVESTEKO S.A., as the recip­i­ent of “com­pa­ny that most effec­tive­ly uses LIFE Pro­gramme funds” award from the Nation­al Fund for Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and Water Man­age­ment (NFEP&WM), had been accord­ed a spe­cial invi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the LIFE Infor­ma­tion Day event.

This event, cel­e­brat­ing 15 years of col­lab­o­ra­tion between LIFE Pro­gramme and the NFEP&WM, took place on Jan­u­ary 11, 2024, in War­saw, Poland.

At this sig­nif­i­cant occa­sion, INVESTEKO S.A. (project man­ag­er Mr Arka­diusz Primus) show­cased among oth­ers plas­ti­cLIFE­cy­cle project and shared his exper­tise with atten­dees, shed­ding light on the process of secur­ing EU fund­ing through the LIFE Pro­gramme and effec­tive­ly exe­cut­ing such envi­ron­men­tal­ly impact­ful projects.

The event, orga­nized on-site, fea­tured keynote speech­es by dis­tin­guished rep­re­sen­ta­tives from key enti­ties such as the Euro­pean Cli­mate, Infra­struc­ture and Envi­ron­ment Exec­u­tive Agency (CINEA), the Pol­ish Min­istry of Cli­mate and Envi­ron­ment and the NFEP&WM. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives enlight­ened the audi­ence about the diverse oppor­tu­ni­ties pre­sent­ed by the LIFE Pro­gramme.

An inte­gral aspect of the event was the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore the stands of var­i­ous LIFE Projects, with the plas­ti­cLIFE­cy­cle project proud­ly host­ing its own stand.

Engag­ing in live con­ver­sa­tions with rep­re­sen­ta­tives who have suc­cess­ful­ly nav­i­gat­ed the intri­ca­cies of the LIFE Pro­gram and are cur­rent­ly over­see­ing their own LIFE projects offered a unique chance to exchange invalu­able expe­ri­ences. This exchange serves not only as a source of inspi­ra­tion but also as prac­ti­cal guid­ance.

 

 

 

 

On Novem­ber 29, 2023, the sec­ond inter-sec­toral debate unfold­ed with­in the plas­ti­cLIFE­cy­cle project. This time, the PLC project team vis­it­ed the Nysa munic­i­pal­i­ty, joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Przed­siębiorstwo Gospo­dar­ki Komu­nal­nej EKOM Sp z o o in Nysa, Zakład Komu­nal­ny in Opole, and Nys­ka Ener­gety­ka Cieplna Nysa Sp. z o. o. The pur­pose was to engage in dis­cus­sions regard­ing present and future chal­lenges, as well as oppor­tu­ni­ties in waste man­age­ment.

Through­out the debate, the pro­jec­t’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries, name­ly INVESTEKO S.A., EkoPart­ner Sile­sia, and the Euro­pean Eco­log­i­cal Respon­si­bil­i­ty Forum, pro­vid­ed the invit­ed guests with insights into the tech­ni­cal, tech­no­log­i­cal, and legal facets of the plas­ti­cLIFE­cy­cle plant.

We extend our grat­i­tude to all par­tic­i­pants for their enthu­si­as­tic involve­ment in the debate and for pro­vid­ing us with the invalu­able oppor­tu­ni­ty to share knowl­edge and expe­ri­ences in such an engag­ing man­ner.

A pho­to col­lage from the debate is pre­sent­ed below.

Beneficiaries
Co-financing institutions

Objective 1

                                      to design, implement, test and validate the pilot PLC plant for efficient sorting of mixed hard plastic waste

Objective 2

                                    to implement standardized PLC-compatible procedures for mixed hard plastic waste pre-sorting in municipal waste treatment plants and thus to create standardized waste stream as an input to PLCplant (3,500t/y)

Objective 3

                                  to design, implement, test and validate the pilot unit for production of tailored compounds for products manufacturing with 70-90% recycled material from PLC (capacity 400t/y)

Objective 4

                                            to design, implement, test and validate the innovative mobile 3Dprinting prototype with 100% recycled material from PLC (capacity 65t/y)

Objective 5

                                    to establish new circular business network (i.e. PLCnetwork) to boost cooperation between municipal waste treatment plants, plastic-recyclers and converters (12 plants, 3 countries)

Objective 6

                                        to increase the quality of recycled polyolefins reaching levels of food packaging production - 3 newly developed tailored compounds

Objective 7

                                      to develop 5 market-ready products using bulk amounts (70-100%) of PLC-recycled materials

Objective 8

                                          to prepare PLCtechnology replication&transfer starting with environmental decisions for two full-scale plants

Reduction of greenhouse gases (tons/year)

5355

Reduction of waste (tons/year)

3500

Dissemination and publicity (workshops & conferences)

60

Recycling capacity (tons/year)

2800

The solution for the management of mixed hard PLASTIC waste by applying CIrCuLar Economy approach.

Investeko S.A.

Wojska Polskiego 16G

41-600 Świętochłowice

tel: 32 258 55 80

fax: 32 707 45 33

biuro@investeko.pl

NIP: 634-281-00-82

REGON: 242953362

KRS: 0000420405

plasticLIFEcycle project no. LIFE21/ENV/PL/074161 has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union and from the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management