Ioniqa in MERLIN

Ioniqa ( is a cleantech company specialized in depolymerization of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polyester waste into virgin-like monomers. PET is a plastic that is widely used for water and soft drink bottles, food packages, clothing and carpets. With the production of pure PET-monomers, Ioniqa’s process can be repeated endlessly with no degradation in final PET

2022-08-23T14:05:43+00:00August 23rd, 2022|


Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (UNIBO) contributes to MERLIN with the effort of researchers belonging to the Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, operating mainly in the Ravenna Campus in the Environmental Sciences Lab “R. Sartori” ( The team is composed of organic chemists and environmental scientists with strong expertise in Green and Sustainable chemistry,

2022-07-26T15:49:45+00:00July 25th, 2022|


Nowadays in Europe, only 42% of plastic packaging is recycled. From the total of plastic packaging currently produced, 17% is multi-layer material which is difficult to recycle. On one hand, in sorting plants, current technologies can only identify their superficial layer. On the other hand, once it has been sorted and classified, its recyclability relies

2022-07-18T15:31:33+00:00July 18th, 2022|

MERLIN at IndTech 2022

From 27 to 29 June 2022, MERLIN will participate in the Conference on Industrial Technologies IndTech2022, that will take place in Grenoble, France. The Conference on Industrial Technologies IndTech2022 aims at improving visibility of industrial technologies, identifying policy options and priorities, sharing of information and comparison of points of views, as well as a space

2022-06-22T11:15:57+00:00June 22nd, 2022|

MERLIN on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

MERLIN is now officially present, as Good Practice, on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. A joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is a virtual open space whose aim is to promote the transition to a circular economy by facilitating policy dialogue

2022-06-14T14:44:57+00:00June 14th, 2022|

ROVIMATICA is Working on the Plastic Waste Sorting in the MERLIN Project

ROVIMATICA is currently working on the development of an AI based camera system that can distinguish between rigid and flexible plastic waste. The company is also working on robotic solution to collect the sorted materials from the conveyor line, at the recycling plant. Concerning the visual sorting of the materials, ROVIMATICA is developing an inline

2022-05-24T09:26:53+00:00May 24th, 2022|

OECD Delegation learns about MERLIN

On 27 April 2022, a delegation of the OECD visited ITENE´s facilities and MERLIN’s Project Coordinator, José Luis Diéguez, accurately explained the work performed under the MERLIN project. On a tour of ITENE’s laboratories and pilot plants, the OECD delegation - OCDE headed by Claire Charbit, Head of the Territorial Dialogues and Migration Unit at

2022-05-02T10:38:50+00:00May 2nd, 2022|


MERLIN aims to create promising technologies and processes to improve the sorting, delamination and recycling of rigid and flexible multi-layer plastic packaging waste, from post-consumer and post-industrial sources, to obtain new high-performance packaging solutions for the food packaging industry and move towards a more circular economy. To this end, IRIS is working on two main

2022-04-27T08:03:03+00:00April 27th, 2022|

ITENE is working on the development of a new delamination process for multilayer flexible packaging in the MERLIN project

The project, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by the research centre, brings together 14 partners with a common goal: the development of disruptive processes for the sorting, delamination and recycling of multilayer rigid and flexible plastic packaging. The ITENE research centre is working on the development of new delamination processes that allow

2022-03-23T08:47:25+00:00March 22nd, 2022|


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