DELIVERABLES

DELIVERABLE 5.1 STATE OF THE ART INVENTORY

Consumers play an essential role in the circular plastics transition. When it comes to recycling, they purchase and accept products made from recycled plastics, use them circularly, and separate from them at the end-of-use in a responsible manner to close the loop.

This part of the INCREACE project aims (A) to drive the consumer acceptance of products made from recycled plastic and (B) to enhance the collection of end-of-use products to enable circular processing including recycling. This report examines consumer acceptance of recycled plastics in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and explores the emerging concept of “Design for Divestment”.

The first study identifies the factors influencing consumer acceptance of recycled plastics in EEE. It highlights the main barriers and factors affecting consumer acceptance of recycled plastics in EEE, and the strategy adopted by EEE brand owners.

The second study explores the present situation of Design for Divestment in theory and practice and identifies knowledge gaps. The state-of-the-art of Design for Divestment knowledge is defined and interesting future research opportunities in theory and practice are identified.

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8.1 VALUE CHAIN & STAKEHOLDER ANALYSIS

Consumers play an essential role in the circular plastics transition. When it comes to recycling, they purchase and accept products made from recycled plastics, use them circularly, and separate from them at the end-of-use in a responsible manner to close the loop.

This part of the INCREACE project aims (A) to drive the consumer acceptance of products made from recycled plastic and (B) to enhance the collection of end-of-use products to enable circular processing including recycling. This report examines consumer acceptance of recycled plastics in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and explores the emerging concept of “Design for Divestment”.

The first study identifies the factors influencing consumer acceptance of recycled plastics in EEE. It highlights the main barriers and factors affecting consumer acceptance of recycled plastics in EEE, and the strategy adopted by EEE brand owners.

The second study explores the present situation of Design for Divestment in theory and practice and identifies knowledge gaps. The state-of-the-art of Design for Divestment knowledge is defined and interesting future research opportunities in theory and practice are identified.

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9.1 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FILE SHARING SERVER

For file sharing and cooperative work on joint documents and deliverables a web-based project management platform has been implemented and is maintained by Fraunhofer IZM. The chosen system is the Fraunhofer own-Cloud. The Fraunhofer ownCloud is an easy-to-use Enterprise Sync & Share service hosted in Fraunhofer’s own data centre. The application is used for data exchange with internal employees and external partners as well as the synchronization of files between different devices (PC, iPad, iPhone). The Fraunhofer ownCloud is a secure alternative to services like Dropbox, Onedrive, etc

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9.2 DATA MANAGEMENT PLAN AND QUALITY ASSURANCE

Increasing the share of recycled plastics in new products is a central aspect of the European Strategy for Plastics, adopted by the European Commission in 2018 as a part of the first Circular Economy Action Plan (2015). One of the main goals of the Strategy is to “ensure that by 2025 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics find their way into new products on the EU market”1 , against less than 4 million tonnes in 2016. In 2016, only 5.3 million tonnes of plastics went to EU recycling facilities as input material.

After the recycling process, the output mass is generally 1-2 times lower. For this reason, the collection rate and the yield have to improve significantly. Also, more collected material needs to reach recycling facilities instead of being incinerated, landfilled or exported. Furthermore, the demand for recycled plastics needs a boost, especially in added value applications such as electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

Currently, the main sectors using recycled plastics are the building and construction sector (46%), the packaging sector (24%) and the agriculture sector (13%). On the other hand, only 2% of today’s recyclates are used in EEE. This corresponds to around 80,000 tonnes of recycled plastics in new EEE, against an annual theoretical market potential of 2,100,000 tonnes3 in the EU.

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    Theresa Marie Aigner & Ronja Scholz

    Fraunhofer Institute for for Reliability and Microintegration IZM

    Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25

    13355 Berlin, Germany