Circular Economy: Symbiotic Recycling of Consumer Products

Start Date: 
Sep 1, 2017
End Date: 
Aug 31, 2020

We will study the value stream, distribution points, and social incentives for consumer participation to define a collection network for optimal recovery. We will solve a key AHP recycling road-block, SAP recycling via de-polymerization and re-polymerization. We will define consumer recycling drivers, develop waste-to-energy (WTE) factors for an effective value proposition, and develop advance chemical methods to facilitate SAP recycling. We will: a) demonstrate de-polymerization of model and real SAP materials, b) identify energy/material handling requirements for critical catalysis and WTE systems, and c) understand motivations/detractions from consumer recycling.

Procter & Gamble