The project LIFE13 ENV/IT/000559 AUTOPLAST aims at recovering plastic material coming from the automotive sector, especially for tanks.
By its nature, during its lifetime this particular type of waste absorbs a certain quantity of hydrocarbons, making the activities of recovering and re-using of the recycled material problematic, for these reasons:
• Superficial flaws on the finished product
• Permanence of hydrocarbons odour
Together with CAUTO and CSMT and supported by the municipality of Vobarno and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Brescia, Valsir has created a specific patented treatment able to facilitate the reusing of the material and to limit the abovementioned problems.
The project aims at developing a system for the recovery of plastic waste from the automotive sector thorough the realization of a pilot recycling plant, as well as the development of a network for a selective collection, to be carried out in the Province of Brescia.
The specific objectives of the project are the following:
• Recovery of plastic material coming from tanks
• Construction and start-up of an industrial plant for transformation of the collected plastic waste in reusable material
• Development and organization of a supply chain in the Province of Brescia
• Active involvement of a social cooperative in the activities of recovery, selection and separation of decommissioned components
• Use of the regenerated granules in percentages higher than the current situation and with a reduction in the use of virgin raw materials and a reduction of CO2 emissions into the environment.
The project will demonstrate the effectiveness of the innovative recycling system through a pilot application in Valsir and in parallel it will develop a model for micro-collection network as supply chain for the plant.
Recycling of plastic materials
On the line, plastic coming from the recovery of material will be worked. In the initial stage, the recovery and granulation of approximately 200 tons of plastic materials, only coming from tanks, is expected. In addition to the materials coming from the tanks, the recovery and processing of other plastic materials coming from the automotive industry (such as bumpers) is also expected. Building upon this, the industrial plant hereby described shall have a size such as to ensure a volume of processed materials of approximately 3.000 tons a year.
The recycling of the materials hereby described should make it possible to expand the traditional waste catchment area of breaker’s yard and collection centers. This enlargement consists in the creation of a widespread collection network, to be held at car bodyworks, thus avoiding the disposal at landfills or Waste-to-Energy plants.
Reduction of atmospheric emissions
According to easily available and widely documented estimates, each kg of recycled plastics is expected to lead to the saving of 1,5 kg of CO2. Considering that, when fully operational, the separation and recycling plant hereby described could process approximately 1.500 kg per hour of input material, it is clear that a project of this magnitude could have a significant impact on the environment. Considering, at full productivity, a 24 hours continuous cycle for 300 days a year, the reduction of CO2 atmospheric emissions is expected to be equal to 13.000 tons a year. It is expected that the industrial plant hereby described will make it possible to process a quantity of material of approximately 200 tons a year during the pilot project. The system may than be used for the recovery of other components related not only to the automotive industry, but also items connected to other sectors, such as packaging materials, big bags, tanks, bottles, pipes etc.
AUTOPLAST – Recycling of special plastic waste from the automotive industry - LIFE13 ENV/IT/000559
During the 17th IARC (International Automobile Recycling Congress), held in Berlin from 22nd to 24th March 2017 – Berlin, Germany – The partner GDE presented LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185 project.
At ECOMONDO exhibition (held from 08th to 11th November 2016) – Rimini, Italy – PAL presented the project LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185 CARWASTE.
The Carwaste project will be presented at Ecomondo fair (Rimini, Italy) from 06/11/2016 to 08/11/2016.
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At IFAT exhibition (held from 30th May to 03rd June 2016) – Munich, Germany - PAL presented the project LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185.
The integration of units and accessory components at GDE premises has been done. See Progress Section for more details.
At ECOMONDO exhibition (held from 03rd to 06th November 2015) – Rimini, Italy - PAL presented the project LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185.
At LIGNA exhibition (held from 11th to 15th May 2015) – Hannover, Germany - PAL presented the project LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185.
The project LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185 was presented at the FIMMA fair in Bento Gonçalves - Brazil. (held from 16th to 20th March 2015).
At FIMMA exhibition the PAL presented the innovative project which has been co-funded by the European Union under the LIFE+.
The project LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185 was presented at the Woodmac China fair in Pudong, Shanghai - China. (held from 11th to 14th March 2015).
At Woodmac China exhibition the PAL presented the innovative project which has been co-funded by the European Union under the LIFE+.
On 21st November 2014 a conference was held at the Pal S.r.l. ‘s seat with the theme “The technological innovation projects in Italian companies and the European funding: two key factors to the success of the Made-in-Italy brand”. The event was attended by a great number of participants. In fact, many stakeholders were involved: technical institutes, businessmen, political authorities as well as individuals interested in the projects. During the conference, the LIFE+ projects were explained with the aim at increasing the awareness of environmental issues and demonstrating how synergy among different entities may lead to the attainment of important goals. Besides others, the event was attended by:
- Paola Roma, Mayor of the town of Ponte di Piave
- Michele Libralato, in charge of the R&D department at Pal S.r.l.
- Olivier Pitavy, Project Manager at GDE
- Piergiorgio Nicolosi, Professor at the University of Padua
- Dario Corbetta, executive at Cepra srl
- Vendemiano Sartor, President of T2i Technology Transfer and Innovation S.c.a.r.l.
- Anilkumar Dave, Manager of T2i Technology Transfer and Innovation s.c.a.r.l.
- Giampaolo Pezzato, from the foundation “Fondazione La Fornace dell’Innovazione”
- Maria Cristina Piovesana, President of Unindustria, the Association of the province of Treviso industrial enterprises
The discussion focused on potentials for innovation in the metalworking and mechanical engineering sector and on access to European funds. After the event, many articles were published on the main local newspapers that raised awareness among public opinion on environmental themes and illustrated at the same time the features of the Community research programmes.
A conference will be held on 21 November 2014 at the PAL’s premises to promote the “LIFE12 ENV/IT/000374 – Plastic Killer” and “LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185 – Car Waste” projects.
Political personalities will join the event while many technical experts will analyze the projects and a space will be available for open discussion with the public.
The project LIFE13 ENV/IT/000185 was presented at the Ecomondo fair in Rimini – ITALY (held from 5th to 8th November 2014).
At Ecomondo exhibition the PAL presented the innovative project which has been co-funded by the European Union under the LIFE+.
On 28th October 2014 Dr. Giuseppe Pinese - Project Coordinator, and Dr. Manuel Darin - Assistant Project Manager, attended to Kick-Off meeting which was held in Rome for the Italian launch of projects that have received Community funding in the framework of Call 2013. The meeting was attended by officials of the Directorate General Environment of the European Commission, the National Focal Point, part of the Monitoring Team Astral-Timesis and beneficiaries of the Italian projects that have been selected.