The overall objective of the LIFE ECO-PULPLAST project is to progressively reduce to zero the amount of paper mills' pulper waste sent to landfill and incinerators. In order to reach this goal, the technical and economic feasibility of an innovative technology to recycle pulper waste into new plastic compounds and products will be demonstrated during the project lifetime, with the realization and testing of a demonstration production line especially designed for the characteristics and peculiarities of pulper waste.
The main idea behind this project is to realize plastic euro-pallets to be reused by the same paper district that generates the material waste in the first place and creating local Circular Economy, which is one main goals of the European environmental strategy for the next decades.
Thanks to the local products manufacturing and reuse, the project also aims at reducing the environmental impact due to the current transportation of pulper waste to incinerators and landfills and the related disposal’s impacts.
In addition, by replacing common wooden euro-pallets, that require a high consumption of raw natural materials, with reusable plastic pallets from recovered waste materials, the project addresses the European strategy towards an efficient use of resources.
More specifically, the project aims at demonstrating that pulper waste can be used as main input material in the new compounds, by using a simple and low energy consuming mechanical process that does not require a washing phase or the removal of the residual fibers from the plastic materials and not even a selection phase of the different polymers composing the pulper waste mixed plastics.
A further objective of the LIFE ECO-PULPLAST project concerns the working method. The project, in fact, is promoted in synergy by different entities: industrial and technological partners working side by side with environmental organizations, all aiming at a common goal.