Federal institute funds research into plastic recycling

Plastics producer Braksem is involved in some new research projects which have received funding from the REMADE Institute. | Pavel Kapysh / Shutterstock

Braskem, BASF, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and other household names in the industry are involved in plastics recycling research projects that received funding this month.

The REMADE (Reducing Embodied-Energy and Dereasing Emissions) institute announced on December 1 23 projects that will receive funding. The grants, several of which went to plastic recycling research projects, are the fifth round of funding for the REMADE Institute, a public-private partnership established by the US Department of Energy. The institute’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in manufacturing by supporting recycling, reuse and remanufacturing.

In this latest round, REMADE announced $ 33 million, an amount the costs of which are shared between the Department of Energy and grant recipients.

REMADE announced its fourth round of funding in March. According to the latest press release, REMADE expects to receive applications for the sixth round of funding next year.

Here are the projects related to plastics funded in this fifth cycle (the 23 projects are detailed in this article on resource recycling):

Research on recycling technologies

“Low-cost, high-value-added aromatics from recycling polyolefins by microwave catalytic treatment,” a project of West Virginia University and Braskem America.

“Recovery of Plastics and Natural Fibers from Non-Recyclable Municipal Solid Waste for Composites Production”, a project of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Auburn University, Washington State University, Remacol, CPM Extrusion Group and DTG recycling group.

“Education and Workforce Development on Chemical Plastics Recycling,” a project of the University of Buffalo (UB) and Resource Recycling Systems.

“Catalytic upcycling of polyolefins”, a project of the University of California at Santa Barbara and BASF.

Systems and supply chain analysis

“Building a Sustainable Materials Supply Chain for the Healthcare Industry in the United States”, by The MITER Corporation, Braskem, Mycocycle, Covanta and Antea Group.

“A Technical Evaluation Framework for Recycling Technologies”, by the University of Michigan, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Plastics Industry Association, the Aluminum Association and the Steel Manufacturers Association.

“Modeling the reverse flows of selected recycled materials, their associated energy consumption and GHG emissions: an application to California and a model for the United States”, by the University of California-Irvine and TruckPay. com.

“Systems Thinking for Materials Management Course: Benefits and Tools,” by Georgia Institute of Technology, Yale University, NREL, GreenBlue, and The Aluminum Association.

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