Sustainable and climate-neutral construction is important for the construction industry, which has a large carbon footprint. The project will develop and manufacture construction products containing recycled plastic with high quality and a long life span in accordance with current quality labels and product standards.
The construction industry is the second largest user of plastic, about 40% of all plastic produced. In Sweden, this corresponds to about 262,000 tonnes per year. Although the plastic must be sorted separately at the construction site by law (since 2020), only 1,5% of the material is recycled, most of which goes to incineration.
There it is a great need to increase the recycling of plastics in the construction sector and to use the plastic back into the construction sektor. Sorting out installation waste at construction sites is the best way to get back a high quality plastic for recycling back into same or similar construction products. However product standards and quality certificates often hinder use of recycled plastic even if the quality is high. Therefor we need to show that recycled plastic of the right quality fulfills the product demands and could be used in certified construction products.
Purpose and goal of the project:
The project will develop certified pipes and bitumen roofs.
New proposals for procurement criteria favouring construction products with a share of recycled plastics.
Approved construction products from the project are implemented in construction projects.
The manufacturers in the project have at least developed one certified product with recycled plastic.
Results from the project and proposals of certification rules when using recycled plastics are presented to standardization bodies.
In the project, we will, together with the manufacturers of pipes and roof membraned, recyclers and distributors of recycled plastic raw materials, find material streams of suitable quality for long-term applications and stable deliveries over time. The manufacturers produce products containing recycled plastics and we will test them to ensure that they meet current quality requirements and technical servicelife.
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Pipelife , Orbia Building & Infrastructure , Nordic Waterproofing , Van Werven , Stadsfastigheter, Göteborgs stad, Förvaltnings AB Framtiden, Tosito Projektutveckling , Gärahovs Bygg , Castellum , Inovyn , Orbit Supply Chain