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Design and Construction of a ELV-Windscreen Recycling Line (WS-REC)

End-of-life vehicles waste streams are mainly composed by metals, up to 76% of the total weight, glass, up to 3%, and others such as rubber, batteries, plastics, etc. Annually around 270.000 tonnes of ELV-glass wastes, mainly from windscreens, are generated in Europe.

Big efforts have been done up to today in the study of new techniques which will enable the recovery and recycle of ELV-windscreen, mainly because of the expensive cost of PVB manufacturing and the new legislation regarding recovery of package waste (Directive 94/62/EC). Although the main material of windscreens, glass, is recovered and reused, the laminated plastic used during the manufacturing, PVB, could not be reused due to its impurity. Hence, a big amount of waste PVB is disposed.
The present project provides a process with a recycling capacity up to 350 tonnes per year to recover, and in consequence reuse, the PVB from windscreens. First, the process will separate the glass from the PVB, using the commonly used procedure to recovery glass. Secondly, the PVB will suffer a purification process with the objective to remove both the contaminants as well as the glass. Finally, and with the objective to achieve the commercial characteristics, the purified PVB will be processed and reused.

WS-REC project, with agreement number ECO/09/256180-WS-REC, has a budget of 1.362.337 € and the European Commission's contribution amount adds up to 681.168 €. The project will last three years (April 2011 - March 2014).