The Environment and Climate Action Program (LIFE)

The Environment and Climate Action Program (LIFE) is the financial instrument of the European Union dedicated to the environment for the period 2014-2020.

3.400 million Euros.

The European LIFE program has a budget for the period between 2014 and 2020 of 3.400 million Euros.

25, 8 millions tons of plastic are consumed annually in Europe

According to Plastics Europe, 25, 8 millions tons of plastic are consumed annually in Europe, being recycled only 7.6 millions tons per year.


The LIFE PLASMIX project offers a technically and economically viable solution for the recycling of post-consumer plastic MIX of the rest fraction.

Increase the plastic recycling rate from 31% to 42%

The results will encourage the achievement of EU objectives, as it will demonstrate a solution to increase the plastic recycling rate from 31% to 42%, which means an 11% reduction in the total number of plastics in MSW spills and incinerated.

The Environment and Climate Action Program (LIFE) is the financial instrument of the European Union dedicated to the environment for the period 2014-2020. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed more than 4.500 projects. For the 2014-2020 financing period, LIFE will contribute approximately 3.4 billion euros to the protection of the environment and the climate. A total of 823 projects have been financed in Spain, in all periods, with a total investment of the European Union of € 663M.


LIFEPLASMIX’s main objective is to demonstrate how to recover & recycle PLASTIC MIX waste contained in MSW, avoiding its incineration & landfilling. Valorising PP, PS (GPPS+HIPS) & EPS (EPS+XPS) into high quality recycled pellets ready to be used in new products, including food packaging (one of the most strigent markets)

Demonstration will be done through innovative technologies in a preindustrial recycling plant located in Alhendín (Granada, Spain), that will produce 3.769 ton/year of recycled material LIFEPLASMIX implements the first preindustrial pilot demonstration of a new cost-effective recycling solution based on optical separation, washing & extrusion.

A solution that will lead to 90% PP, PS & EPS waste deposit reduction (MSW contains 2% of PLASTIC MIX). A waste fraction that is currently neither recovered and nor recycled.


Increase rates

To demonstrate that it is possible achieving 90% recovery rate of the PLASTIC MIX contained in MSW through innovative cost-effective technologies spanning the value chain of recycling.

Reduce waste

To reduce by 5.600 tons/year plastic waste landfilled & incinerated (13% of total plastic waste in MSW) by recovering & recycling PLASTIC MIX, in particular PP, PS & EPS, a waste fraction that is currently neither recovered and nor recycled.

Revalorize waste

To revalorize urban plastic mix waste, incorporating 80% of PP, PS & EPS recovered in new products, supporting the new plastic circular economy. (3.769 tons/year of recycled PP, PS & EPS).

Increase the quality

To increase the quality of recycled final materials, reaching levels of food packaging production. Demonstrating that recycling materials are no longer the “imperfect substitutes” of the Virgin Pellets (WRAP, 2007).

Reduce emissions

To reduce the plastic industry’s carbon footprint and CO2 emissions by 68.9% when comparing the use of recycled plastic to virgin materials. Reducing 1.0 tons of CO2, per ton of PP/PS used by the plastic industry.

Replicate the solution

To replicate and transfer the LIFEPLASMIX solution to other EU regions.

Active the dissemination

To foster the deployment of PLASTIC MIX recycling integrated solutions, at local and EU levels, through targeted dissemination actions.

Create jobs

To create  full-time and part-time jobs during demonstration.

Improve sector's

To improve the waste treatment sector´s competitiveness with a solution that will make their activity more profitable.

Effectiveness and efficiency

To create a framework integrating all stakeholders so project results impact will be maximized.





Stadler, is a company that has a long experience and extensive specialized knowledge in equipment for waste treatment. It is characterized by its quality, reliability and customer satisfaction orientation.



ANAIP is the “Spanish Association of Industrial sector of Plastics”. It is a Spanish a non-profit profesional association of plastic converters with almost 60 years of experience representing and defending the interests of the sector with regard to public administrations and other  national, european and international organisms.



The University of Granada, almost five times centenary, since its founding in 1531, has been growing in close symbiosis with society, to become today a reference for the quality of its teaching and research and for its university extension activities with special emphasis in cooperation and development actions.



The FCC group, a world leader in environmental services, water management and infrastructure, has been providing services to cities for more than 115 years and is present in more than 30 countries, with 58,000 people and a turnover of 6 billion euros.



Andaltec is a technological center with about 140 employees (PhDs, engineers, chemists & technicians) experts in material science, processes & products development, as well as, physicochemical & mechanical characterizations.


The LINDNER Group has been offering innovative, tried-and-tested shredding and recycling solutions for decades. From planning, development, design and production to service, everything comes from a single source. At its production facilities in Spittal/Drau and Feistritz/Drau in Austria, LINDNER manufactures machines and system components.



Pellenc ST develops optical sorting machines for household and industrial wastes. The technologies used to sort these materials are near infrared (NIR), middle infrared, vision induction technologies. Thanks to Pellenc ST, sorting solutions are highly valuable in the recycling industries.


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