A European consortium for the promotion of plastic waste recycling.
The European project POLREC started on 1 September 2022 and will last for 3 years. The project is funded by the European Commission's Joint Cluster Initiatives for Europe's Recovery (Euroclusters) under grant agreement number 101074434 of the Single Market Programme (SMP COSME). This initiative supports projects that promote the implementation of the new European industrial strategy in industrial ecosystems.

The main objective of the project is to help industry change the practices of landfilling and burning polymeric waste for mechanical and/or chemical recycling and aims to support and encourage SMEs to adopt recycling processes and use recycled raw materials, with the ambition to contribute to the increased use of polymer-based recycled raw materials, in Europe, to 40% in the next 10 years.
The POLREC project will be developed by a consortium involving five European partners:
  • Polymeris, competitiveness cluster for rubber, plastics and composites (France)
  • CENTIMFE, Technological Center of the Molds, Special Tools and Plastics Industries (Portugal)
  • MAV, Advanced Materials Cluster of Catalonia (Spain)
  • WFG, Regional Economic Development Agency of the Heilbronn Region (Germany)
  • PCD, facilitator of the Danish Materials Network
The consortium will support SMEs in the adoption of polymer recycling methods through the implementation of the following actions:
  • Development of a pan-European network of SMEs involved in polymer recycling and promotion of their interconnection in the value chain - linking SMEs seeking to recycle their polymeric waste with SMEs willing to source recycled material and produce raw materials from recycled polymers.
  • Promotion among SMEs of innovative solutions for the mechanical and chemical recycling of polymeric waste and digital monitoring of recycling processes.
  • encouraging the adoption by SMEs of innovative and viable business models that promote the use of recycled material.
  • Promoting the increase in the level of training of workers in polymer recycling technologies and digital solutions for the monitoring and traceability of the quality of recycled materials.
With a total budget of €1.28 million for 3 years, the project foresees the implementation of a direct financing scheme for SMEs through 8 calls divided into three areas - Innovation, Training and Internationalization - with different objectives:
  • Development of mechanical or chemical recycling solutions for polymers, as well as digital solutions for monitoring and traceability of the quality of recycled materials.
  • Technical training of workers in polymer recycling methods and digital solutions.
  • Development of business and technological partnerships with other European SMEs.

With vouchers for the implementation of actions in the three identified areas that can go up to €30,000, the first applications will open in September 2023.
Seminar - A status of chemical Recycling
On the 22nd of May 2023 the innovation network Danish Materials Network facilitated by Plast Center Danmark held a seminar in collaboration with Ocean Plastic Forum, the purpose of which was to disseminate the latest developments of chemical recycling.

The seminar was held at the premises of University of Aalborg in Esbjerg, Denmark. The 60 participants got to hear many very interesting presentations and had the opportunity to discuss the progress within chemical recycling during the networking breaks.

The participants were also informed about potential cooperation opportunities and handed out material about them. The CEO from Plast Center Danmark, Ms. Dorte Walzl Baelum gave a presentation of the POLREC project and the possibilities for the SMEs to join. The day ended with a visit to industrial facilities and a demonstration of a pilot pyrolysis plant at the company Waste2Value.
POOLREC project in EQUIPLAST 2023
POLREC project has participated this in EQUIPLAST2023 (Barcelona) for sustainable solutions in the plastics and rubber sectors.

EQUIPLAST is the trade fair that gathers all the sectors of plastic and rubber to promote solutions to address the global challenges related to their impact on the environment. For four days it has become the meeting point to promote the latest solutions in circular economy and innovation with the aim of accelerating transformation towards a more sustainable future.
POLREC has participated in this important fair in collaboration with one of the 5 partners of the project: the Advanced Materials Cluster of Catalonia (Clúster de Materials Avançats de Catalunya). The Clúster MAV is a non-profit, technology-based association connecting research centres and companies working in the advanced materials sector with the goal of making them more competitive.
POLREC presentation at EEN
Polymeris took part in a webinar organised on the 6th of June 2023 by the Economic development agency of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in the frame of Enterprise Europe Network, to present and explain the cascade-funding opportunities offered by European project for the green transition of the European industry. After a general presentation, the webinar focused on the up-coming cascade-funding opportunities offered on 2 Euroclusters projects coordinated by CIMES (GEMSTONE) and Polymeris (POLREC).
Polymeris presented the POLREC project, and the different activities dedicated to the SMEs, with a focus on the up-coming Innovation open-calls that will be published from the 1st of September to the 31st of October 2023. The open calls will grant funding opportunities to support SMEs in implementing mechanical and chemical recycling solutions and digital solutions dedicated to the assessment of recycled material quality and their traceability.

The webinar was hold in French and gathered more than 30 participants, mostly SMEs and enterprises. To access to the replay, please contact Sara MAIEZ-TRIBUT: sMaiez-Tribut@auvergnerhonealpes-entreprises.fr
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