More than 3.5 million tonnes of polyurethane are used in Europe each year. This generates some 675 000 tonnes/year of polyurethane waste. The vast majority (68%) of this waste material goes to landfill. Reusing more of it could reduce overall energy use and environmental impacts, as well as leading to lower costs and improved production cycles. In the construction sector, polyurethane waste can replace gypsum used in insulation material, saving energy and water as well as reducing the amount of gypsum that needs to be quarried (currently some 1 million tonnes/year).
The LIFE REPOLYUSE project’s main objective is to increase the reuse of polyurethane waste that is currently managed as inert waste or is recovered through techniques that are not environmentally sustainable. Using a new technology, it will integrate polyurethane waste into new building materials, thus extending its life-cycle.
REPOLYUSE technology will allow a reduction in the use of natural resources and ensure that more energy is embedded in the material. In particular, the project will:
The project will contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU’s ‘Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe’ and Circular Economy Action Plan.