Consumers have already learned to sort plastic packaging into recycling bins, but plastic from construction and demolition activities and agriculture still mainly goes to incineration for energy production. LUT University is investigating possibilities for their separate collection and recycling.

In the building sector, plastic is used in construction, packaging of products, weather protection and in the furniture and equipment. Plastic has properties that cannot necessarily be replaced by other materials. Therefore, besides reducing the use of plastics, it makes sense to develop their recycling and reuse, to extend the life cycle of the products. So far, comprehensive information or monitoring system for the generation of plastic waste at construction sites is still missing.

LUT’s experts also study the assessment of the environmental sustainability of the recycling of plastic waste from construction and demolition, looking for solutions that minimise the burden on the environment. LUT participates in the development of the project’s environmental impact assessment method, too. The PlastLIFE SIP circular economy project led by the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Environment Institute kicked off in December 2022 and will continue until the end of 2029.

Source: LUT

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