01-kerp_electro_input-leichtfraktion.jpgIn a worldwide comparison study of the British non-profit-organisation WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme), that lasted from 1 October 2004 until 31 May 2006, the CreaSolv® Process performed ecologically and economically as the best one. This finding was supported by a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment according ISO 14040 (Appendix 5 of WRAP Final Report). 

A summary of the Impact Assessment can be found in the WRAP Final Report on page 157.
WRAP was looking for technologies to separate brominated flame retardants from plastics of old electro(nic) equipment, because such a technology did not exist and in order to cope with the waste-avoiding-strategy of the British Government .
The report recommends the CreaSolv® Process for the treatment of styrenic WEEE polymers containing brominated flame retardants. 

According to Axion, a British plastic recycling company, the UK currently recycles 10.000 – 15.000 tonnes of plastic waste per year, but will have to deal with around 30.000 tonnes when the WEEE directive kicks in. WRAP asked Axion to test out the most workable solutions for recovering polymers from e-waste and the concluded that the most cost-effective, safest and commercially viable option was the CreaSolv® Process1).

 

More information:

  • IVV Press release on 18 August 2006 – Kunststoffe aus Elektro-/Elektronikschrott wirtschaftlich recyceln – link pdf
  • November 2006 – WRAP Final Report: Develop a process to separate brominated flame retardants from WEEE polymers. – link pdf
  • November 2006 – WRAP Final Report: Appendix 1 - 4. -  link pdf
  • November 2006 – WRAP Final Report: Appendix 5 - Detail of White Young Green and Huisman Environmental Impact Assessments. - link pdf
  • RECYCLING magazin 17 – 2006   CreaSolv®-Verfahren Testsieger bei Recyclingvergleich – link pdf
  • 20 April 2007 – Trial results reveal new extraction processes for additives will encourage WEEE plastics recycling - link pdf
  • EU-Recycling 1.Jahrgang/Volume ePaper-Ausgabe/Edition 6/2007: CreaSolv® und Centrevap: WRAP testete Methoden zur Additiv-Separation bei WEEE-Kunststoffen – link pdf
  • Kunststoffe 12/2008 - Das ist die "Lösung"! / That's the "Solution"! - link pdf 
  1. Chemistry World, June 2007 „The gadget scrap heap“ p.44-48 – link pdf
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