The ObjectivesThe main objective of UPLIFT is the development of a circular plastic packaging value chain in the food and drinks sector by applying novel eco-design strategies and biochemical upcycling technology routes. To this end, the vision of the project revolves around two main axes: 1) to combine bio-depolymerization of plastics and bio-based building blocks to obtain smarter and renewable plastic materials, which will enable the effective upcycling of plastic packaging waste streams; 2) to fully integrate the bio-chemical upcycling technologies within already existing and more mature recycling processes and fermentation processes. All these prototype materials and processes will be tested in a relevant operational scale close to expected performance (TRL 6).
The target materialsUPLIFT will explore the selective bio-depolymerisation of various polymers commonly contained in plastic packaging materials, thus overcoming the challenges encountered in current recycling processes. Some of the target materials are:
|Multilayer materials||Several layers of polyolefines, cardboard and aluminium|
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 953073. If you like this topic you might also be interested in the following articles: