UK-based advanced recycling company Recycling Technologies is collaborating with the University of Birmingham, the University of Surrey, and Cranfield University on a research project to enhance and improve the efficiency of chemical recycling technology in the UK. Previously, Recycling Technologies had worked with each of these institutions individually. This project, which has received backing from Innovate UK to the tune of £ 1.2 million (around € 1.38 million), will for the first time bring these four partners together. Pooling their expertise and skills, they aim to
further develop and enhance the RT7000, a machine developed and manufactured by Recycling Technologies which converts hard-to-recycle waste plastic such as films, bags, and laminated into Plaxx, a recycled feedstock that can be used to manufacture new plastic. The RT7000 is modular and small-scale, designed to fit easily onto existing waste treatment and recycling sites, providing a scalable solution to recycle waste plastic anywhere in the world
Financial support for the product has been provided under Innovate UK’s Smart ‘open grant funding programme’. The parties will work together on developing an online monitoring system that will predict and control Plaxx quality based on input composition and process conditions. The result will be lower running costs and improved efficiency for the RT7000, which will ‘fast-track our mission to accelerate the evolution of waste plastic into a more sustainable material’, Marvine Besong, technical director at Recycling Technologies.