Comprehensive waste management approach
Project contributes to material recycle and reuse by recycling plastic materials and waste packaging. Recycling the waste plastics can prolong its life-cycle for several times. Project goals are oriented towards cycle usage of polymers that were discarded already, but through additional processing they can be recycled for re-use (PET polymers).
The contributions of the project to the national strategies:
- Processing wastes into secondary raw materials and developing new technologies for increasing the competitiveness
- Substantially increasing the level of recyclability of the products and upgrading the use of value-added products
- Creating, enhancing and integrating knowledge and competencies for supporting growing and emerging industries at the global scale (cycle economy, robotization, mobility and healthy aging, zero waste).
Reduction in raw materials and energy usage, and consequently in carbon footprint originate from process digitalization and automatization, and local utilization of raw material residues. Project aims at replacing the obsolete technologies, procedures and materials with the new and more efficient ones. Project results will contribute to the automatization of waste sorting process.
Within the project, the LCA tools will be used during development of new technologies, products and services in order to evaluate their environmental impacts (the environmental life cycle analysis will be carried out for at least 5 new technologies, products or services). Based on the IT tool for the cycle economy, a new business model will be created which will contribute to the reduction of environmental burdens, while on the other hand, it will enhance the competitiveness of the enterprises and penetration to the new export markets. Taking into account a small sizes of Slovenia’s regions and its shortage of natural resources, Slovenia has a great breakthrough potential particularly in the field of the environmentally friendly solutions, e.g. processing the industrial waste, producing secondary raw materials from waste, using secondary raw materials, smart collection of waste etc. LCA evaluations will take into account also the public good, i.e. the environmental and social impacts. This will contribute to the creation of decision-making instruments of environmental protection that enable a transit to a low carbon economy which is especially important for waste management in Slovenia