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Innovation and research to fully close the loop of the plastic value chain

It can’t be missed, not even from afar: the colourful NTCP-building next to the A7 near Heerenveen. In this independent test and development centre we focus on plastic recycling.

With our unique pilot sorting line, which is representative for the industry but fully customised for testing and research purposes, we test, experiment and research how the sorting and washing process of plastics can be improved. With the results of our research, we answer the relevant questions of stakeholders in the value chain in a pragmatic and data driven way.

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Our mission: 

Innovation and research to fully close the loop of the plastic value chain

 

Our promise:
independent advice, supported with data on plastic waste streams, which you can implement immediately

 

NTCP: independent test centre

Controlled sorting tests using real waste streams

We perform tests and research on the behaviour of plastic packaging in the sorting process, e.g. to understand the efficiency of sorting specific packaging under realistic sorting conditions, to improve the recyclability of the product (towards design for recycling), or to test whether the packaging ends up in the right sorting stream. From the results of these tests we provide an advice which will help you to increase the recyclability of your packaging and/or link to design for recycling.

Process optimisation

We conduct tests and experiments in order to realise improvements in the sorting process or optimise interactions between sorting techniques with our sorting installation. For instance, to test and optimise process parameters of individual or integrated equipment. We work demand-driven: based on challenges from stakeholders in the value chain, without compromising our independency

Facilitation of technology development

There are new innovations every day within the world of sorting and recycling plastics that increase their possibility of being recycled. Our sorting line offers the possibilities to physically integrate newly developed equipment or technologies and to test with real waste streams in an environment that is realistically scalable to represent the industry. The results we obtain in our facility can be easily translated to an industrial scale.

Structured data collection and analysis

The NTCP knowledge database contains the data concerning process settings and test results. Using this data, we are able to conduct analyses between different studies in order to ensure that we, and our clients don't need to "reinvent the plastics wheel" over and over again. This database will be publicly accessible shortly, so stay tuned!

Characterisation of sorting streams

We determine the materials in the different streams during our tests at the facility and combine this with their chemical, physical, and/or mechanical properties. We store this data and enhance our database, thereby supporting potential application opportunities of these streams in the future.

Joint research programmes and contract research

At the NTCP, research programmes such as B2B contract research, academic cooperation, joint industry projects and governmental or EU programmes are executed continuously. In addition, the NTCP works closely together with universities and universities of applied sciences, which is reflected by students, graduates and postdocs which work at the NTCP. In case you want to know more about this don't hesitate to contact us.

Controlled sorting tests using real waste streams

We perform tests and research on the behaviour of plastic packaging in the sorting process, e.g. to understand the efficiency of sorting specific packaging under realistic sorting conditions, to improve the recyclability of the product (towards design for recycling), or to test whether the packaging ends up in the right sorting stream. From the results of these tests we provide an advice which will help you to increase the recyclability of your packaging and/or link to design for recycling.

Process optimisation

We conduct tests and experiments in order to realise improvements in the sorting process or optimise interactions between sorting techniques with our sorting installation. For instance, to test and optimise process parameters of individual or integrated equipment. We work demand-driven: based on challenges from stakeholders in the value chain, without compromising our independency

Facilitation of technology development

There are new innovations every day within the world of sorting and recycling plastics that increase their possibility of being recycled. Our sorting line offers the possibilities to physically integrate newly developed equipment or technologies and to test with real waste streams in an environment that is realistically scalable to represent the industry. The results we obtain in our facility can be easily translated to an industrial scale.

Structured data collection and analysis

The NTCP knowledge database contains the data concerning process settings and test results. Using this data, we are able to conduct analyses between different studies in order to ensure that we, and our clients don't need to "reinvent the plastics wheel" over and over again. This database will be publicly accessible shortly, so stay tuned!

Characterisation of sorting streams

We determine the materials in the different streams during our tests at the facility and combine this with their chemical, physical, and/or mechanical properties. We store this data and enhance our database, thereby supporting potential application opportunities of these streams in the future.

Joint research programmes and contract research

At the NTCP, research programmes such as B2B contract research, academic cooperation, joint industry projects and governmental or EU programmes are executed continuously. In addition, the NTCP works closely together with universities and universities of applied sciences, which is reflected by students, graduates and postdocs which work at the NTCP. In case you want to know more about this don't hesitate to contact us.

Controlled sorting tests using real waste streams

We perform tests and research on the behaviour of plastic packaging in the sorting process, e.g. to understand the efficiency of sorting specific packaging under realistic sorting conditions, to improve the recyclability of the product (towards design for recycling), or to test whether the packaging ends up in the right sorting stream. From the results of these tests we provide an advice which will help you to increase the recyclability of your packaging and/or link to design for recycling.

Process optimisation

We conduct tests and experiments in order to realise improvements in the sorting process or optimise interactions between sorting techniques with our sorting installation. For instance, to test and optimise process parameters of individual or integrated equipment. We work demand-driven: based on challenges from stakeholders in the value chain, without compromising our independency

Facilitation of technology development

There are new innovations every day within the world of sorting and recycling plastics that increase their possibility of being recycled. Our sorting line offers the possibilities to physically integrate newly developed equipment or technologies and to test with real waste streams in an environment that is realistically scalable to represent the industry. The results we obtain in our facility can be easily translated to an industrial scale.

Structured data collection and analysis

The NTCP knowledge database contains the data concerning process settings and test results. Using this data, we are able to conduct analyses between different studies in order to ensure that we, and our clients don't need to "reinvent the plastics wheel" over and over again. This database will be publicly accessible shortly, so stay tuned!

Characterisation of sorting streams

We determine the materials in the different streams during our tests at the facility and combine this with their chemical, physical, and/or mechanical properties. We store this data and enhance our database, thereby supporting potential application opportunities of these streams in the future.

Joint research programmes and contract research

At the NTCP, research programmes such as B2B contract research, academic cooperation, joint industry projects and governmental or EU programmes are executed continuously. In addition, the NTCP works closely together with universities and universities of applied sciences, which is reflected by students, graduates and postdocs which work at the NTCP. In case you want to know more about this don't hesitate to contact us.

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Plastic Quest - how do you treat plastic waste?

Creating awareness is a vital part of the circular economy, and what better place to start than the next generation. The NTCP contributes to the creation of awareness among the youth by the means of our education programme for primary schools called ‘’Plastic Quest’’. How do you treat plastic waste correctly and how do you prevent it from ending up in the ocean or the incinerator? This programme is currently available. For more information check out our Instagram, Facebook, and/or website. Would you like to participate in a pilot or contribute with your own programme? Give us a call!

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