Project Beacon is a transferable demonstrator project that aims to challenge the current linear model of plastic waste management by demonstrating how new circular economy models for plastics management can be developed across the world. The PRF concept promoted by Project Beacon demonstrates the benefits of co-locating different plastic recycling businesses and technologies in a single location. Co-location enables companies to manage a wide range of plastic waste streams more efficiently by enabling material flow between companies depending on the most suitable ways of recycling these plastics.
This new PRF demonstrator promoted as Project Beacon being developed at the Binn Eco Park; allows companies to share upcycling facilities such as shredding, granulating and wash facilities to maximise the value of recovered plastics. In later phases it can enable compounding and manufacturing systems in the same location. This supports the growth of regional economies around the management and use of recycled plastics. By carefully selecting appropriate technology systems and business models these de-centralised facilities can offer a comprehensive and integrated approach to managing plastic waste. This includes the management of non-recyclable plastics such as contaminated plastics from food waste de-packaging, or contaminated films from mixed waste recycling facilities.
Project ProPlas’s main urban challenge is the ecological harm and resource depletion caused by household plastic waste. This aligns closely with the challenge for public authorities to meet the ever-increasing cost of household waste disposal whilst extracting the significant untapped value present in used plastics.
ProPlas’ innovative actions will achieve near complete recycling and reuse of household plastics (‘circular’ plastics economy) in three urban areas of Scotland through coordinated social, operational and technical interventions for waste plastics processing. ProPlas will reduce costs, create ‘green’ jobs and reduce harm to the environment.
ProPlas’ integrated solutions each have highly innovative components ripe for co-demonstration in synergy with our developmental Advanced Plastics Recycling Facility. ProPlas’ Plastics Sorting Facility itself includes innovative technologies which, coupled with innovative social and operational interventions, represents a radical integrated solution to the challenge.
ProPlas targets systemic change in the local situation as a direct consequence of the project, resulting in a circular household plastic economy in the catchment urban areas, from kerbside back to industry plastics users.