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PolyCE Newsletter – January 2019

PolyCE’s 2018 milestones towards enabling the circular plastics value chain

Dear reader,

It is safe to say that 2018 was marked by global commitments in tackling plastics pollution. Early in 2018, the European Commission pledged to fundamentally change the way Europe recycles plastics by drawing together plastics producers, users, and recyclers (see EU Plastics Strategy). 2019 seems to be equally, if not more exciting when it comes to seeing global commitments and actions being championed for a more sustainable future.

PolyCE is one of multiple major Horizon 2020 funded projects aiming to support the creation of a sustainable European recycling industry with a market for post-consumer recycled (PCR) WEEE plastics. Since EU Plastics Strategy’s adoption, PolyCE partners have accomplished major milestones towards achieving this goal:

– Mapping the current e-plastics market situation and deriving market drivers and barriers to set-up an online market platform for e-plastics

– Progress is made towards delivering electronic applications to demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating post-consumer recycled plastics into new products

– Bridges are being built among stakeholders in the WEEE plastics value chain to decrease the existing knowledge gap

– Defining an action plan to european consumers to more actively participate in the Circular Plastics Economy

Continue reading to learn more about our most recent activities and accomplishments thus far.

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We hope you enjoy reading our January 2019 Newsletter.

Thank you,

Your PolyCE Team

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PolyCE at the Going Green CARE Innovation Conference


In November 2018 nine partners of the PolyCE consortium participated at the Going Green CARE Innovation conference in Vienna, Austria. With a wide range of international experts from the industry (> 70%), academia, NGOs and policy makers, the conference gave valuable insights in how the different stakeholders approach the global challenges of circular economy, sustainability and climate change.

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PolyCE at Ecomondo 2018


Ecomondo, an international event that brings together all sectors of the circular economy, took place on November 6-9, 2018 in Rimini, Italy. Alessia Accili from ECODOM (one of PolyCE’s project partners) represented the project at the event, showcasing currently-developed project solutions that promote and facilitate EU’s transition towards circular WEEE plastic.

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First PolyCE workshop on plastics recycling


The first PolyCE workshop took place on June 26th in Essen, Germany. The event was part of the project’s action plan for establishing a strategic convergence and collaboration of all actors operating across the plastics value chain. The event was organized by the Italian WEEE compliance scheme ECODOM, with the support of the United Nations University and with contribution from all the other project partners.

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Three good reasons why your next tech gadget should contain recycled plastics


Many of us experience the benefits of innovation, technology, and digitalization in our daily lives. More and more people are joining the global information society and digital economy, and are benefiting from the opportunities they offer. Recycled plastics are so well integrated into the product design that it is impossible to tell the difference in terms of quality, performance, price, or color between a product containing brand-new plastics and the same product containing recycled plastics.

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PolyCE at the “Innovation and Circular Economy” symposium in Paris


In June 2018, Perrine Chancerel (TUB) and Anton Berwald (IZM), part of the PolyCE team, participated at the “Innovation and Circular Economy” symposium in Paris. Besides learning about the latest developments of the French plastics recycling market for WEEE plastics, the symposium provided an excellent opportunity for the PolyCE team to inform about the advancement of the project and to increase the expert network for future collaborations.

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PolyCE General Assembly


PolyCE’s second general assembly took place between the 23rd and 24th of October in Bilbao, Spain. The workshop was hosted by PolyCE’s project partner Tecnalia and brought together all 20 consortium members. Progress since the launch of the project in June 2017 was assessed and reported, and a strategy for achieving future objectives was set. Industry partners (Philips, Pezy) were able to already internally showcase prototypes of product demonstrators containing post-consumer recycled plastics of excellent quality and featuring new attractive colors. The meeting was concluded with a tour of Tecnalia’s sustainable construction venture – KUBIK, an innovative zero energy R&D building showcasing new energy efficiency techniques in construction.

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