Test notes on Practical Test & Demonstration Initiatives
15 December 2014
This report presents the test results for sorting technologies
for rigid plastic. Tests were conducted at five sorting facilities
In line with the overall aim of the Plastic Zero project the
purpose of the tests was to obtain information on the degree of
sorting of collected household rigid waste plastics and on the
costs of sorting and transport of waste plastics. This report
presents the test results of rigid plastics at five sorting
facilities in Europe. The facilities in the test separate the
standard thermoplastics (PET, HDPE, PP and LDPE) and a little PS.
Other plastic types such as PC and PVC are not separated at the
facilities. The rigid plastic waste stream from Copenhagen
comprises not just packaging but also other items, e.g. toys,
household products, pipes, and items larger than 400 mm in size. In
particular, large items often seem to pose a challenge to the
The results may be used to suggest criteria for tenders for
sorting of waste plastics. The information gained has also
been used to suggest possible criteria for tenders to be used by
others who want to contract plastic recycling facilities.
The full note on the tested facilities is available here.
The tests are assessed in the report Comparative
Assessment of the Tested Technologies
, which can be found here