Infimer has developed a breakthrough technology for treating unsorted municipal solid waste (MSW) and turning it into a new sustainable and fully recyclable thermoplastic composite – Infimer®.
The Infimer® production process includes two main steps:
- A continuous and cost-efficient process of waste separation, separating the organic lignocelluloses and plastic from the minerals (including metals, glass, rock and sand).
- Several energy-efficient steps of squeezing and grinding the light fraction (organic lignocelluloses and plastics) and subjecting it as a feedstock to a special reactor-extruder, where Infimer® is produced by using shearing forces, pressure and heat. The last stages of the process include pelletizing, cooling and packing.
The main advantages of the unique technology are:
This technology eliminates the need for the conventional pre-treatment or sorting and washing procedures currently in place.
It can be applied to unsorted as well as pre-sorted waste streams of organic waste as well as plastic waste.
The MSW is processed into a novel thermoplastic material – Infimer®.
The process is cost-effective and energy-efficient.
Infimer® is infinitely recyclable and retains its initial physical properties. In contrast, current plastic recycling is a challenging task due to the requirements of separating polymer types, as well as due to PVC contamination, decomposition, and lower grade plastic that cannot be re-recycled.
Infimer® successfully passed initial REACH tests aimed at ensuring a high level of protection from the potential risks of hazardous materials and chemicals.
The new technology recycles more than 80% of MSW, while the existing technologies in EU countries recycle only 25%-35%.
The novel green, recycled and recyclable Infimer® can be used as a raw material for the plastics industry. Other industries, such as the wood and concrete industries, are also considered to be possible end users of Infimer®.
Infimer® is a sustainable green raw material with attractive pricing and long-term price stability, which will help to reduce dependence on crude oil prices for manufacturing plastic.
The properties of Infimer®, including its binding capacity to other materials, indicate great potential for further development of new composite materials, thus providing excellent solutions for the plastics industry’s current and future needs