Otros proyectos LIFE: PLASTIC KILLER

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The project LIFE+ PLASTIC KILLER main objective is to SUBSTITUTE CURRENT X-RAY DETECTION-BASED MACHINE IN THE RECYCLED WOOD CLEANING PROCESS WITH A NEAR INFRARED (NIR) AND VISIBLE OPTICAL DETECTION SYSTEM, contributing to -pave the way for a new generation of MDF panels produced by recycled materials, compliant with standards; -limit (or even avoiding) the use of virgin wood, supporting the non deforestation with a beneficial consequence for the environment, as well as positive economic impacts; – foster the recycle approach in the EU, open up new business and jobs opportunities.

Project Full Title : Innovative plastic pollutants removal for efficient recycled wood panels production

Project Acronym : PLASTIC KILLER

The increasing demand for recycled wood to produce particleboard and MDF panels has resulted in the need to improve the cleaning process of post-consumer wood (e.g. pallets\wood packaging material, demolition waste, used furniture), eliminating in a more effective and efficient way plastic impurities. Now MDF panels are mainly obtained from virgin wood and only a small number of producers use post-consumer recycled wood (up to 10%, based on PAL internal studies on the market), because

  1. the process requires multiple steps of cleaning that are not enough to completely remove impurities
  2. MDF panels are of low quality and not compliant with EN 622-5 and EPF Standard for delivery conditions of recycled Wood.
  3. there are not systems in the market capable of achieving a good removal of impurities (see the State of Art paragraph).

LIFE+ PLASTIC KILLER main objective is to set up and demonstrate the viability of an energy efficient pilot plant able to finely separate post-consumer recycled wood from plastics impurities, in order to use it primarily for MDF panels production and secondarily as “purified” biomass.

This project will contribute to:

  • pave the way for a new generation of more sustainable and affordable MDF panels produced by up to 60% of post-consumer recycled wood, compliant with EN 622-5 and EPF Standards;
  • produce “purified” post-consumer wood that can be also introduced in the EU market as biomass for energy production, reducing the dioxin produced during the combustion;
  • limit the use of virgin wood, supporting the non deforestation through the prolonged lifecycle of the recycled wood;
  • foster the post-consumer wood recycle approach in the EU, open up new business and jobs opportunities; this also will contribute in the middle perspective to decongesting dumps.
  • demonstrate the socio-economic and environmental sustainability, the potentialities of market replication and penetration of the proposed pilot plant.

Proyecto: LIFE PLASTIC KILLER
Comienzo: 01/07/2013
Duración: 48 meses
Presupuesto total: 1,874,423.00 €
Financiación Life+: 880,818.00 €
Número proyecto:  LIFE12 ENV/IT/000374

Coordinador: PAL srl
Socios: European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (EUMABOIS), Belgium Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

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