Cross-Cutting Topic 6

Carsten Eichert
(RITTEC Umwelttechnik GmbH; solvoPET)
Dr. Bianca Wilhelmus
(INEOS Styrolution; ResolVe)

Contacts PlastikNet
Doris Knoblauch
(Ecologic Institute)
Linda Mederake
(Ecologic Institute)

Cross-Cutting Topic 6: Recycling and Product Design


Exchange on overarching topics in recycling processes, within the research focus "Plastics in the Environment" but also with projects funded in other ways:

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
    • to concretise system boundaries for end-of-life treatment
    • LCA becomes an integral part of cross-cutting topic5
  • Waste and chemicals legislation
    • Distinction waste/product
    • Determining recycling quotas for packaging waste
    • Approval of raw materials and materials from secondary raw materials (REACH)
  • Use of recycled products
    • Distinction primary raw material/secondary raw material
    • Quality requirements for recycled products
  • A vision of a circular economy: the role of different processes in tomorrow's recycling landscape


As part of the webinar series, a webinar related to the cross-cutting topic "Recycling and Product Development" ran.

The results of the cross-cutting topic's work can be found in the following Research Focus publications:


Central fields of work for further cooperation are:

  • the development of a better understanding of LCA in recycling processes in order to be able to compare recycling processes in detail;
  • establishing a broad concept of recycling in politics and society.




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