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Plastics Waste & Recycling

Plastics recycling and waste management are two of the pressing matters inside the Circular Economy and sustainability concerns. Several widespread myths hinder a facts-based discussion and consequent proper decision-making in the area. More than ever, there must be a dynamic connection between academic knowledge and real-world needs.

The Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) at Queen's University Belfast has been at the forefront of developments in addressing the challenges of plastics waste and helping the industry find innovative solutions towards recycling.

Our R&D laboratory facilities encompass the major plastics manufacturing processes, and employs a team of full-time technical staff offering the services of material characterisation and testing, process optimisation, polymer and process development, pre-production trials, process troubleshooting, product/process design and simulation, and training programmes for industry and academic researchers in the principles of polymer science and engineering, coupled to hands-on practical experience of polymer processes and test methods.


Research Projects

We work in a variety of research projects involving recycled plastics and polymer waste, some of them from major national research programmes dedicated to solving the challenges of Plastics Waste and the Circular Economy:

  • Rotocycle (Innovate UK - £500k) - Novel use of hard to recycle plastics in rotomoulded applications
  • ACCEPT Transitions (EPSRC - £1m) - Advancing Creative Circular Economies for Plastics via Technological-Social Transitions
  • Pitch2Panel (Innovate UK - £168k) - Convert waste synthetic-turf into panelling to be used in pitch side back and kick boards
  • Plastic blocks with unconventional waste materials - (EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account EP/R511602/1 - £27,8k) – Builds upon and increases the ACCEPT project's potential impact, producing plastic blocks with unconventional waste materials and explore possible applications as prospective products.
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