REAP - Reciclagem e Reembolso de Embalagens de alumínio e PET - sistema piloto


Promoter: University of Aveiro

  • Infinitum AS

EEA Grants: 715,733.24€

Total Amount: 935,599.00€


The basic principle of the project to be implemented is the possibility that students and UA workers can be reimbursed for each bottle or can they return. This return will be made using specific equipment that will be purchased by the project. The reimbursement amount must be credited to the UA Single Card, which is already associated with the institution's access and payment systems.

It is expected that, with a dedicated separation, complying with a lower degree of contamination, the product resulting from the collection will have a higher quality and an increase in the selective collection of PET and aluminum will occur. The environmental assessment of the pilot project will be carried out through the application of life cycle analysis (LCA).

The product resulting from the implementation of the pilot project will have two different destinations, namely:

1. Recycling industry and producer of PET and aluminum packaging. The incorporation of these materials from the UA pilot system will be encouraged in the respective production chain.

2. Recycling for demonstration and innovation purposes. The intention is to purchase equipment that allows the transformation of PET into a suitable raw material for research projects in the area of 3D printing, incorporation of new materials, production of new products (packaging) and final quality assessment, promoting and supporting the recycling sector and the secondary raw materials market.

The project has a strong social vocation, insofar as it is intended that the financial contributions from forwarding the collected product be channeled to the Social Action School, translating into a direct support UA students with financial difficulties.

For the implementation of this project, UA will partner with the Norwegian company INFINITUM, with extensive experience in implementing the refund collection system in Norway. The model to be implemented will be adapted to the national context and may give rise to innovative / replicable partnerships and collaborations in analogous systems.

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