The "Di-Plast" project is funded by the Interreg NWE Programme and focuses on B2B-supply chains in the largest sectors of plastic demand in NWE: packaging & building. Starting in Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg "Di-Plast" enables companies in NWE to tackle the most important barriers to rPM uptake, thus generating reliable markets with a more stable supply of high-quality rPM. The project creates a deeper, shared understanding for plastic recyclates' economic, production, and environmental benefits.
The Wuppertal Institute is leading the project and will pursue various activities with the project partners achieves the following goals and milestones:
Background to this project is the very low use of recycled plastic material in North-West Europe's plastics processing industries Valuable material is hence lost forever through incineration, export or landfill. Moreover, it implies high dependence on volatile, unstable and insecure virgin material markets (i.e. petro-chemicals) for plastics processing companies. High consumption of virgin material also results in huge externalities and thus a heavy burden on nature, the environment and human health, e.g. due to harmful emissions and marine litter.