Polypropylene is an ecologically valuable resource as it is derived entirely from fossil fuels. The ISOPREP project aims to revolutionise how we produce and dispose of this valuable commodity.

A notable use for polypropylene is the production of carpet as in the UK alone ~ 400,000 Te are discarded every year with 66% going straight into landfill much of the remaining being burnt to generate energy.

Alongside 9 other partners from 5 different European countries Rotajet are leading the way in the development of recycling processes to limit the production of oil based polymers.

Impacts of the Isoprep project.

  • Decrease in C02 emissions: Currently a mere 1% of polypropylene products are recycled, with the vast majority ending up in landfill or used as solid recovered fuel (SRF). Compared to virgin polypropylene manufactured from oil or waste to energy disposal, ISOPREP will result in CO2 emissions being reduced.
  • Sustainable plastic production: ISOPREP aims to utilise purely post-consumer waste in the production of high quality polypropylene resin suitable for many applications. This new method of plastic production will decrease the consumption of primary fossil fuels.
  • Reduction of plastic landfill waste: ISOPREP will result in an extensive reduction in plastic landfill waste as the feedstock will consist of entirely end-of-life polypropylene products.

The ISOPREP project is supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, within the Efficient recycling processes for plastic containing materials call. If you would like to learn more about the project please visit the ISOPREP site which contains a comprehensive overview of the project.