REMADYL project, funded by the European Union, has made significant strides in addressing the challenge of recycling polyvinyl chloride (PVC), one of the most widely used polymers globally. With the collaboration of all the partners REMADYL has successfully developed innovative processes to remove hazardous additives from old PVC products, ensuring high-quality and REACH-compliant recycled PVC.

One of the primary obstacles to PVC recycling has been the presence of legacy substances (LS), such as lead and short-chained plasticizers, which pose environmental and health risks. The project has tackled this issue head-on by developing and testing three lab-scale processes: supercritical carbon dioxide cleaning technologies for phthalate removal, use of Layered double hydroxides as scavengers for lead, and extraction of LS using Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents and green solvents.

Moreover, REMADYL has achieved breakthroughs in detection and sorting processes for PVC containing LS, with the development and validation of a lead monitoring and sorting prototype. The project has also made strides in pilot line development for continuous extractive extrusion processes, paving the way for upscaling these technologies.

Furthermore, REMADYL has demonstrated the re-use of rejuvenated PVC materials in various applications, including water-proofing membranes and injection moulding for cable grommets. Additionally, the project has contributed to policy development at European, national, and regional levels, fostering collaboration and establishing initiatives such as the Circular Plastics Cluster.

In conclusion, the project has emerged as a trailblazer in PVC recycling, showcasing the potential for sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions in the plastics industry. With its groundbreaking achievements, REMADYL is paving the way for a greener and more circular economy.

Click here to read the Summary of Key achievements of Remadyl H2020 project.

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