In a circular economy, materials from products at the end of their lifecycle should be recovered through dismantling and recycling. Re-injecting these materials into the beginning of the product lifecycle reduces environmental impact and costs of production.
It is however necessary to assess the exact chemical composition of the recyclates, i.e. their chemical safety for consumers and the environment.
Therefore, Centexbel has installed two new lab devices facilitating the characterization of recyclates and to assess the recyclability of materials:
- SPEX Cryomill 6875D: to grind and homogenize recycled materials from textiles and plastics
- Gerstel dynamic headspace GCMS to analyze the presence of VOC and SVOC in finely ground textile and plastic recyclates (e.g. REACH compliancy) in a fully robotized manner