The project aims at a more sustainable, efficient, competitive, less fossil fuel dependence, integrated and interconnected plastic packaging value chain.

CIRC-PACK – “Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain“

Project duration: 36 months (01 May 2017 – 30 April 2020)


CIRC-PACK aims to transform plastic packaging waste into a resource. The project will develop more sustainable, bio-based and recyclable plastics used for the manufacturing of a wide range of products: trays, bottles, coffee capsules, jars, car parts, pallets, and new types of multi-layer and multi-material packaging. CIRC-PACK aims to create biodegradable or compostable polyesters as well as smart eco-designs that make sorting easier, with improved recycling technologies that will increase recovery rates and ensure quality. With these innovations, the CIRC-PACK approach can make a real contribution to the circular economy of the future.

Project activities:

Three case studies ( DC-A, DC-B, DC-C ) will work in developing, testing and validating better system-wide economic and environmental outcomes by:

  1. decoupling plastics from fossil feedstock by using alternative renewable feedstock (Demo case A);
  2. creating innovative formats and testing materials that improve recyclability and the end-of-life scenario (Demo case B);
  3. creating an effective after-use plastics economy by means of multisectorial cascaded approaching, adapting sorting technologies and in-line monitoring systems (Demo case C).

Project partners:

  • (Coord)/CIRCE – Centro de Investigacion de Recursos y Consumos Energeticos, Spain
  • Fundacion AITIIP, Spain
  • Novamont S.p.A., Italy
  • Mater-Biopolymer, Italy
  • BUMAGA BV, Netherlands
  • Tecnopackaging, Spain
  • Mi-Plast doo za proizvodnju trgovinu i pružanje usluga – Mi-Plast LLC, Croatia
  • Grupo Sada P.A. S.A., Spain
  • Saponia kemijska, prehrambena i farmaceutska industrija d.d., Croatia
  • FATER Spa, Italy
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat, Italy
  • Asociacion Espanola De Normalizacion y Certificacion, Spain
  • Ekodenge muhendislik mimarlik danismanlik ticaret anonim sirketi, Turkey
  • Ecoembalajes Espana S.A., Spain
  • Grad Rijeka, Croatia
  • Kartal Municipality, Turkey
  • OCU Ediciones, Spain
  • ICLEI European Secretariat GMBH, Germany


Financed under: Horizon 2020

Project budget: 9,252,466.25€

Programme Co-financing: 7,308,180.13€

Budget of the City of Rijeka: 120,000.00€

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