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Testing, research and innovation

The NTCP studies the sorting and washing process of plastic from household waste on a pilot scale. This is mostly packaging material. Our clients: brand owners, retailers, packaging producers, waste collectors, industrial sorters and recyclers.

Our testing facility is designed for testing on pilot scale (up to 2000 kg per hour). The sorting line has a modular set-up: each step can be run and sampled individually. In addition to the existing set-up, there is an experimental position to test new technology or equipment. The washing line will be realised end 2020.

Questions from the plastic production- and recycle chain

  • How can our plastic packaging be sorted better?
  • Why does my plastic packaging not end up in the right sorting stream?
  • Can we apply new sorting technologies and processes and what is the effect on the downstream processes?
  • How can we improve the purity and quantity of sorted streams?
  • How can we prevent process losses of potentially valuable resources?
  • Can plastic packaging be sorted more efficiently to enhance the recyclability?
  • Where do interventions have the hights impact on the efficiency of the full recycling chain?

Find answers with the NTCP

With the research in our test facility, we obtain quantitative data about the first phase of the recycle process.

We gain knowledge through development, innovation and cooperation with the entire value chain. We store all data in our knowledge database, which is openly accessible. By sharing our knowledge, we increase the chance of reaching our common ambitions for sustainability and circularity of plastics.

Our capabilities

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 of 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.

Process optimisation

The right set-up of sorting equipment and the interaction between the steps in an installation is crucial for process optimisation. With our pilot facility, we help industry to test and optimise the process parameters of individual and integrated equipment in sorting and recycling.

Facilitation of technology development

Within the sorting and recycling market, innovations are being developed to increase the circular reuse of plastics. New equipment or technologies can be tested in our pilot facility, using real waste streams. Either as standalone equipment or integrated with (parts of) our sorting line.

Structured data collection and analysis

The NTCP knowledge base is set up for structured data collection of the complete process of all our tests and experiments. This enables us to put the outcomes into context of previous and future studies. It also contains data for materials and material streams. The data that is public, is accessible via this website.

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 these data and enrich our database, thereby supporting potential application opportunities of these streams in the future.

Joint research programmes and contract research

Research programmes are executed at the NTCP: e.g. academic cooperation, joint industry projects, governmental or EU programmes and B2B contract research.

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 of 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.

Process optimisation

The right set-up of sorting equipment and the interaction between the steps in an installation is crucial for process optimisation. With our pilot facility, we help industry to test and optimise the process parameters of individual and integrated equipment in sorting and recycling.

Facilitation of technology development

Within the sorting and recycling market, innovations are being developed to increase the circular reuse of plastics. New equipment or technologies can be tested in our pilot facility, using real waste streams. Either as standalone equipment or integrated with (parts of) our sorting line.

Structured data collection and analysis

The NTCP knowledge base is set up for structured data collection of the complete process of all our tests and experiments. This enables us to put the outcomes into context of previous and future studies. It also contains data for materials and material streams. The data that is public, is accessible via this website.

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 these data and enrich our database, thereby supporting potential application opportunities of these streams in the future.

Joint research programmes and contract research

Research programmes are executed at the NTCP: e.g. academic cooperation, joint industry projects, governmental or EU programmes and B2B contract research.

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 of 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.

Process optimisation

The right set-up of sorting equipment and the interaction between the steps in an installation is crucial for process optimisation. With our pilot facility, we help industry to test and optimise the process parameters of individual and integrated equipment in sorting and recycling.

Facilitation of technology development

Within the sorting and recycling market, innovations are being developed to increase the circular reuse of plastics. New equipment or technologies can be tested in our pilot facility, using real waste streams. Either as standalone equipment or integrated with (parts of) our sorting line.

Structured data collection and analysis

The NTCP knowledge base is set up for structured data collection of the complete process of all our tests and experiments. This enables us to put the outcomes into context of previous and future studies. It also contains data for materials and material streams. The data that is public, is accessible via this website.

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 these data and enrich our database, thereby supporting potential application opportunities of these streams in the future.

Joint research programmes and contract research

Research programmes are executed at the NTCP: e.g. academic cooperation, joint industry projects, governmental or EU programmes and B2B contract research.

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