A sustainable solution for recycling post-consumer plastics
Impact Recycling, established in 2014, has developed a breakthrough plastic recycling technology which separates post-consumer mixed rigid plastic waste to recover two consistent streams of plastic; polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), each with a 98% purity. Our technology is designed to be financially profitable, technically feasible, and good for investors, the environment and the community at large.
The Plastic Problem
Bulky mixed rigid plastic accounts for 70% of plastics produced, and makes up 60% of the waste plastic sent to landfill or incineration in the EU today. Existing solutions either cannot technically separate this plastic or cannot do so in a scalable, economically viable way.
Manufacturers and consumer goods companies seek a recycling process that can produce scalable high purity product to rationalise the switch from virgin to recycled material. Hand sorting may achieve the desired purity levels but it is not a scalable solution. Existing state of the art optical sorters use near infra-red (NIR) technology that cannot identify black or dark plastic, which can account for up to 30% of the plastic fraction.
Our BOSS technology solves these problems by providing a scalable, automated, water-based solution that is colour agnostic, separating black plastic to the same 98% purity as other colours.
BOSS is a technology that separates the ‘hard to recycle’ stream of mixed rigid waste plastics by amplifying slight differences in relative densities between polymers through the manipulation of fluid dynamic principles of water. Our patented system uses oscillation to generate specific flow patterns in the water, which affect different polymer types in different ways. This novel process technology effectively stratifies different polymers based on density, allowing us to split particles with a density delta of 0.005 gcm-3.