The LIFE PlasPLUS project brings together a university (The University of Liège), a research centre (CRF) and 3 industrial operators (Comet Traitements, SERI PLAST and Campine) from Belgium and Italy. Together we represent a consortium of highly experienced and well-recognized partners. Under the project coordination of Comet Traitements and with a €3.17 million budget, the LIFE PlasPLUS consortium will operate for 42 months and work together to provide the greatest possible solutions within the project scope of work.


Comet Traitements / Project coordinator

Comet Traitements is a Belgian innovative high-growth company processing and recycling shredder residues, the by-product of the shredding of metallic wastes. Since its creation in 2002, they have developed and industrialised more than 8 post-shredder separation and recycling processes for the recovery of non-ferrous metals, minerals, iron oxides, synthetic fuel, plastics, etc. The success of these technologies has helped Comet Traitements to build up in Belgium sustainable supply chains of secondary raw materials, meet EU targets on recovery rates and secure its reputation as an industry leader.

Centro Ricerche Fiat

The mission of Centro Ricerche Fiat, part of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), lies in three main goals: i) to develop innovative power units, vehicle systems, materials, methods and processes to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of FCA products, ii) to represent FCA as part of European and national collaborative research, taking part in pre-competitive research projects and promoting the development of a network of contacts and partnerships on an international scale and iii) to support FCA in enhancing the value of its intangible capital.

Université de Liège

The University of Liege was founded in 1817 and counts more than 25.000 students, including 5.000 foreign students from almost 130 nationalities. The GeMMe, a Research Unit specialized in georesources, mineral engineering and extractive metallurgy, derives its know-how from a long research tradition in primary ores mining and processing. The GeMMe actively contributes to the development of innovative processes for the efficient management of mineral and metallic resources while providing unparalleled upscaling experience in urban ore characterization and processing (with a focus on innovative sorting techniques and hydrometallurgy).

The GeMMe has a long-standing collaboration with Comet Traitements, notably focused on the industrialization of post-shredder processes for the recovery of non-ferrous metals, minerals, iron oxides, plastics and precious metals. LIFE PlasPLUS provides ULiège and the GeMMe with the opportunity to work on two core activities : smart sorting and hydrometallurgy. Initially developed within the Reverse Metallurgy Walloon regional program, specific R&D for those two technologies was upscaled to the piloting stage with the PICK-IT and BIOLIX projects respectively. In LIFE PlasPLUS ULiège will lead activities for automated multi-class sensor-based sorting and separation of Flame Retardant Plastics by demonstrating at TRL 7 a multiclass sensor-based robotic and pneumatic sorting prototype for the extraction of brominated and antimonated plastics. Moreover, ULiège will contribute to the recycling of by-product antimony through catalytic conversion and hydrometallurgy by producing industrial grade antimony trioxide (Sb2O3) through a hydrometallurgical route.    


SERI PLAST is an innovative and flexible company that deals with the production of thermoplastic compounds mainly based on polypropylene and polyethylene (recovered from industrial scraps and virgin raw materials). The need to compete on the global market constantly encourage SERI PLAST to reach the highest standards, taking care and improving costs and efficiency of its production processes.


SERI PLAST grinding and washing division is designed to wash and clean also post-consumer scraps, which are automatically selected and polished up from all foreign materials.  The know-how developed, the strong production capacity and the semi-finished products storage capacity allow SERIPLAST to manufacture homogeneous and stable compounds. With its ongoing commitment, SERI PLAST in the compound department devote itself  to the processing of high quality recycled products as well as virgin raw material compounds. The long and strict cooperation with battery manufacturers and automotive sector customers (FIAT, BMW and VW) has pushed SERI PLAST to inaugurate, in 2011, a specific division dedicated to the production of polypropylene compounds for the automotive industry, and to expand its products range with different types of modified polypropylene compounds. Large production capacity, flexibility, competencies and know-how are the solid foundation on which SERI PLAST leans the relationship with its customers. Thanks to this long experience that the company can actively contribute to the LIFE PROJECT project related to compounding FPP and ABS. R&D department is supported by a modern laboratory able to provide to create a teilored made materials a high level of control on incoming raw material as well as finished products. Other points that makes SERIPLAST in line with concept of LIFE PLAS PLUS project is that gives great importance to ecology-minded processing and innovative solutions respecting the environment. The production cycle is structured in order to minimize the environmental impact through a circular economy, Controlling the supply chain of electric storage batteries with strong vertical integration. The supply chain starts and ends at the same place. Looking at the end-of-life of a product, in this case batteries, not as waste, but rather, as a critical source of supply for new products. In  definitive SERIPLAST is focused From end life battery to new life battery, closing the supply chain.


Campine Specialty chemicals is active in the additive market for plastics, as a supplier of flame retardant masterbatches, and antimony trioxide (flame retardant synergist, but also used as catalyst in PET or as a pigment).  Campine recycling is active in the supply of lead alloys for the battery industry but also for (radioactive) shielding, electric cable protection.


Campine, founded in 1912, changed its vision of linear economy into recycling yet in the nineties.  The circular economy and sustainable recycling are a daily reality for us, exampled by recycling lead wastes (lead acid batteries, old lead cables, industrial scraps..) and since short antimony for reuse as flame retardant synergist. However, our goals are far more ambitious. Our mission is to excel in product quality, service and the associated added value that we can offer our international customers, people and the environment. The important flame-retardant materials we produce are used in countless products and save lives every day. For the production of PET bottles, our impeccable product quality contributes to general food safety. The safety, health and well-being of our employees and everyone who uses our services and products are our absolute top priority. We recycle post-consumer and industrial waste streams, focusing on maximum recycling of raw materials. Most processing of the recovered materials into new raw materials is done in-house. This helps shrink the waste mountain on our planet as well as reducing our own ecological footprint. We also contribute proactively to the environment with extra eco-initiatives. Campine is determined to participate actively in the circular economy and helps to create a waste-free society.