The plastics industry uses several families of plastics to make objects with various characteristics: polyethylene, ABS, polystyrene, PVC, etc. At the end of their lifecycles, these objects are mixed, and therefore the plastics that constitute them are mixed as well. To date, due to the lack of a solution allowing their sorting, plastic waste is mainly incinerated or landfilled.
Recognizing the ecological urgency of recycling this waste, governments are significantly increasing national and international regulations: incentive policies, export bans, and increased taxes on landfills make the management of this waste more and more restrictive.
Since 2013, Skytech (former APR2) has positioned itself as a technological player in the recycling of plastic waste. By developing an innovative process for sorting a mixture of plastic waste to allow recycling on an industrial scale, the company is providing a concrete response to a major environmental challenge.
This automatic plastic sorting process, initiated in partnership with the CNRS, opens new paths to treating and valuing deposits previously considered waste.
Skytech is able to produce various types of high quality recycled plastics with similar oil-based plastic’ properties.
The process finally brings premium-quality new recycled materials to the manufacturers of the plastics industry. Skytech works continuously with researchers from the École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay to model this process, improve it and automate it.
Skytech chose to focus on the treatment of waste from WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and ELV (End-of-Life Vehicles).
The company has recently been admitted to join Move’o, the competitivity pole to promote automotive industry reclycing ambitions.