Recycling plastics - The CreaSolv® Process

Various plastic materials and plastic recyclates

Our CreaSolv® Process allows efficient separation of plastic composites and contaminated post-consumer waste. Odorous substances and contaminants (PBDE, HBCD, etc.) can therefore be efficiently removed. In order to recover high-purity materials from complex mixtures of waste materials, we specifically combine the CreaSolv® Process with mechanical, chemical and thermal processes.

For economic and technical process evaluation, we carry out trial runs producing high-quality polymer recyclates for you.

Our range of services in the field of plastics recycling

New recycling process technology

  • Recycled polymers with virgin material properties
  • Favorable-cost process
  • Environmentally friendly - solvent-based
 

Recycling of
packaging materials

  • Enhanced recycling quotas
  • Recycling of mixed waste
  • Improved recycling processes

 

 

Recycling of
contaminated plastic

We can recover pure, high-quality polymer fractions (e.g. (E)PS, PVC, ABS, PC/ABS, HIPS, and PP) from contaminated plastic waste.

Recycling of
plastic composites

We recycle plastic composites using customized process cascades. We recover valuable secondary raw materials from the waste stream, for example from smartphones, end-of-life vehicles, and waste electronic and electrical equipment.

Higher quality
plastic recyclates

We analyze and eliminate off-odors and contaminants from plastic recyclates and plastic waste (PBDE, HBCD, DEHP, REACh, RoHS).

 

Recycling plants

Reduce your costs by optimizing your processes. We can assist you with the construction and optimization of recycling plants.

 

Ultra high-quality recycled plastic using the CreaSolv® Process

The CreaSolv® Process produces recycled plastic having virgin material properties. The solvent-based CreaSolv® Process effectively removes contaminants and additives that reduce the quality of the recycled plastic produced by conventional recycling processes. This means that a wide variety of very pure plastics can be recovered even if they are initially present in mixed plastic waste. The high quality of the recycled plastics enables their reutilization to manufacture plastic products.

Dissolve The target polymer is selectively dissolved in a special solvent formulation. Only solvents that are non-hazardous for users and the environment and that are certified in accordance with GHS criteria (Globally Harmonized System) are used. The specific solubility of the polymers allows their recovery with high purity. The non-hazardous solvents have high flash points and guarantee safe plant operation.
Clean Undissolved components are mechanically removed. Dissolved substances (e.g. non-target polymers, printing inks, aluminum oxide, odorants, hazardous substances) are removed at the molecular level using special purification steps. After the purification, one has a solution of macromolecules of the target polymer. The size and molecular weight distribution of these macromolecules are the same as in virgin materials.
Precipitate The target polymer is recovered from the solvent by precipitation.
Dry The recycled polymer is dried.
Solvent
treatment
Distillation of the solvent recovered from the purification, drying, precipitation, and drying steps and its return to the recycling process.
Product The plastic recyclate is of high quality and can be used as a secondary raw material for the production cycle.

 

Cosed-loop recycling even for plastic composites

The CreaSolv® Process is based on selective separation, so allowing the recovery of pure polymers from complex mixtures of plastics. The target plastic is effectively separated from other materials such as metal, wood, and undissolved polymers. Mixed plastic waste and composite plastic materials such as laminated films, and shredder materials from the scrapping of end-of-life vehicles and waste electronic and electrical equipment which up until now have had to be disposed of via thermal energy recovery, landfill, or export can now be sustainably recycled. The recyclates from composite plastics and mixed plastic waste are of near virgin quality and for a circular economy can be returned to production processes. Special purification modules also allow the separation of undesired low molecular weight materials. The CreaSolv® Process therefore for the first time allows the closed-loop recycling of contaminated plastic waste such as building waste containing polystyrene mixed with flame retardants.

What are the benefits of the CreaSolv® Process compared to conventional recycling processes?

  • Hazardous materials, contaminants, and additives such as flame retardants and plasticizers are effectively removed
  • Mixed waste and laminated materials can be recycled
  • Plastic mixtures can be recycled
  • The plastic recyclates have the quality of virgin materials
  • Closed-loop recycling is possible

Compared to mechanical separation methods, solvent-based plastic recycling has the advantage that the target polymer is selectively dissolved and as such is recovered with high purity. Other polymers and other solids remain undissolved and can be effectively removed. Dissolved contaminants such as flame retardants and plasticizers are separated using specific solvents, allowing the recovery of high-purity plastic recyclates. Waste fractions that cannot be recycled using conventional recycling processes can be fed into the CreaSolv® Recycling process.

Collaboration with specialist industrial partners

The Fraunhofer IVV research team developed the CreaSolv® Process in collaboration with CreaCycle GmbH in Grevenbroich, a specialized formulator of solvent systems that pose minimum risk for users and the environment (ideally requiring no GHS classification).

We offer recycling processes for

Packaging materials

The recycling of packaging materials using the CreaSolv® Process has already been successfully commissioned on an industrial scale. The first plant has been in operation since 2018. It can recycle 3 tonnes of plastic waste daily. Other industrial plants are under construction.

EPS waste

Insulating panels made of EPS often contain the flame retardant HBCDD and so are disposed of as hazardous waste. The solvent-based CreaSolv® process makes the recycling of EPS waste possible for the first time.

Biopolymers

The fraction of biopolymers used in packaging is ever growing. Sustainable packaging solutions require suitable recycling processes.

WEEE and end-of-life vehicles

End-of-life vehicles and waste electronic and electrical equipment often contain plastics with functional additives. Research projects have confirmed that these plastics can be effectively recycled using the CreaSolv® Process.

Plastic composites

The CreaSolv® Process effectively separates plastics from composites. It enables the recycling and reutilization of the plastics and also reuse of the other laminate/composite components (glass/carbon fibers, metals, etc.).

Smartphones

High-quality raw materials such as titanium, antimony, and rare earth metals can be recovered from old mobile phones using the CreaSolv® Process and then reused.