LIFE REPLACE BELT - Prototyping of Recycled Plastic Conveyor Belt Machine and Demonstration of Recycled Plastic Tight tolerance Applications
The LIFE REPLACE BELT project aims to develop a new conveyor belt made entirely of recycled plastics. It thus aims to deliver an innovative product which completely substitutes materials with a large environmental footprint with 100% recycled material.
The project will develop a modular conveyor belt made out of recycled plastics. It will test the product for tensile strength and demonstrate its successful application in moving parts. It targets a market share of 15% for the new product.
The project also aims to deliver a more energy efficient process than standard conveyor belt production. The project will specifically focus on reducing energy consumption during injection moulding.
Finally, the project will investigate further applications of recycled plastics, such as the use of snap-fit and hooking design to introduce recycled plastic into the production process of waste containers. It will also produce a waste management plan and implement a new hard plastic urban waste collection. This will both increase sources for recycled plastics and further reduce the volume of bulky plastics going to landfill.
- Development of a modular recycled plastic belt with a target tensile strength of 14.5 N/mm;
- Achievement 15% market share with the recycled plastics light conveyor belt;
- Demonstration of new successful applications for recycled plastics;
- Reduced consumption of virgin thermosets and thermoplastic: about 1.6 t/yr, of which 70% PVC, 20% synthetic rubber and 10% thermoplastics (PP);
- Reduced energy consumption during injection moulding by up to 40% during the project’s lifetime;
- Reduced energy footprint of the production process by 37% over pre-project years, amounting to a saving of about 23.2 MWh/yr;
- Reduced production and processing CO2 footprint by 44% over pre-project years, amounting to about 3.8 t/yr;
- Reduced crude oil consumption for the production of plastics by 71%, amounting to 12 barrels of crude oil saved;
- Reduced water consumption by 71%, amounting to 2 500 cubic meters of water saved;
- Increased amount of bulky, rigid plastics diverted from landfill to 75%;
- A new hard plastic urban waste collection system; and
- Contribution to overall EU objectives around a resource-efficient economy.
Contact person: Brotto Manuela