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The Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy (PolyCE) project’s main objective is to overcome obstacles to the closed-loop recycling of plastics from electronics and appliances.

PolyCE is undertaking various activities to strengthen the recovery of plastics from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Through significantly reducing the use of virgin plastics and enhancing the use of recycled plastics in new electronics applications, PolyCE will:


  • Demonstrate the feasibility of a circular model for the plastics supply and value chain.
  • Develop a grading system for recycled plastics, which will ultimately serve to provide guidelines for designing new electronic products.
  • Involve green public procurement initiatives and consumer awareness raising campaigns across the EU (with a focus on Germany, Poland, Italy and France).
  • Establish a feedback loop from research activities that provides policy input regarding technical feasibilities and conflicts from a technical perspective.

StEP members involved: UNU, Philips, TU-Berlin

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