Recycling of plastics

Plastics are an integral part of our everyday lives, may it be in electronics like smart phones, as highly efficient packaging materials or in building applications. Many of these materials are already recycled, but there is room for improvement. We work on solutions for post-industrials as well as post-consumer materials streams and have also characterised many materials in regard to their in-house recyclability.


Brominated flame retardants such as HBCD or PBDEs show an excellent flame retardant per-formance and have been used in various plastics such as polystyrene or ABS for many years. Today we know that these flame retardants are environmentally harmful and they have been banned by the EU a couple of years ago. This is a problem in the material recycling process and requires the removal of the flame retardants before reusing the plastics. In the EU project CREAToR, various detection and extraction methods for bromine-containing flame retardants are investigated with the aim of removing the hazardous substanc-es and produce high-quality products from the recycled plastics.


The fraction of the “hard plastics”, which is partially collected in the municipal waste collection centers, is currently not utilized in a broad way. Therefore the project “RecyPO”, a cluster-cooperation-project funded by the Upper Austrian government, dealt with the separation, reprocessing and the proper additives for these materials, to enable the re-use of these recyclates for new applications.


Wood plastic composites are existing in the market since several years. Due to that, the question arises, if these materials can be recycled at the end of their service life, but also after processing and deck building. Within the cluster-cooperation-project, funded by the Upper Austrian government, these aspects were investigated in detail.


Battenfeld-Cincinnati, Camo, Erema, Fill, Greiner Packaging, Hawle, ifw, KMI, Kruschitz, KTM Technologies, Kuvag, Lithos Natural, M2C, NGR, OFI, PCE, Peak Technology, Poloplast, Praher, Rosenbauer, Semperit, SFC, Theurl Leimholzbau, Tiger Lacke, TIZ Grieskirchen, Trodat, Zitta