Devan adds to the ranks of the DECOAT recycling project

Devan adds to the ranks of the DECOAT recycling project

March 12, 2019
Press Release: Devan Chemicals

The DECOAT project targets removal of paints and coatings from plastic parts and textiles to render them recyclable

Devan Chemicals has become a key partner of the EU-funded project, DECOAT, which is led by Belgian R&D centre CENTEXBEL and consists of 17 European partners (including Plastic Free World Conference & Expo participants Aimplas and Vaude) from across the value chain including design, manufacturing, NGOs, and research and innovation.

The focus of the consortium is on coated and painted textiles and plastic materials that are currently not recyclable. Ambitious plastic recycling targets of 50% have been set by the European plastics industry, and to meet these targets, smart solutions to enable the circular use of textile and plastic parts with multi-layer coatings must be considered.

DECOAT has therefore been established to investigate triggerable smart polymer material systems and appropriate recycling processes. The solutions will be based on smart additives (such as microcapsules or microwave-triggered additives) that will enable the efficient of coatings and other finishes, activated by a specific trigger (heat, humidity, microwave, chemical) to permit recycling.

Devan Chemicals’ specific role is in the development of microcapsules that will release its active core on application of a certain trigger (e.g. heat) at the end-of-life of the article. This active core material may be something that, for example, will promote the detachment of different coating layers (by separating them), opening the possibility for recyclability/re-use of the base materials. Different active core ingredients will be evaluated, and Devan will develop processes for each type of core ingredient and for each type of coating layer/matrix.

The bold aim of the four-year project is to decrease landfill by 75% of coated articles that are presently difficult to recycle, such as clothing, electronic goods and automotive components. A reduction in the carbon footprint by at least 30% for the considered products is aimed for. By enabling the recycling of such materials, DECOAT is expected to generate in the medium term a new market valued at over €150m in Europe.

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