1. According to more achievable targets within the new time span, the following estimations are provided: input power of about 58kW maximum, a flow up to 30m3/h of waste (post-consumer wood).
2. If we assume that the pilot will treat 78t/day of waste (post-consumer wood) and that from PAL’s experience it’s possible to estimate that there are about 0.78t\day of plastic impurities in this waste, 0.741t\day of plastic impurities can be eliminated and further recycled.
3. Considering in a conservative way that 130t/day of virgin wood are needed to produce about 130t of MDF panels, the pilot plant will replace 78 t/day of virgin wood with the purified post-consumer wood, corresponding to avoid the cut of 40 trees per day from local forests. In addition, assuming that i) 0.9t of CO2 are trapped in 1m3 of tree, ii) 9,600trees/year are not mobilised and transported by truck, iii) an average CO2-emission factor for road transport operations of 62g CO2/tonne-km [McKinnon 2011] and iv) an average distance from forest to sawmill of 300km [Le Net. 2011], additional CO2 savings are possible.
The whole CO2 trapping and saving amount is about 88teCO2/day.
4. Under the assumption of the Life+ project time span and treating 78 t/day of waste (post consumer wood) in such demonstrating context, the challenging but realistic targets can be reformulated as follow: the estimated annual savings of water by PLASTICK KILLER are about 9,288m3, corresponding to the annual water consumption of about 46European families.
5. Considering the Life+ time span in a pilot configuration and that the PLASTIC KILLER pilot is going to substitute in weight = 78t\day of virgin wood with the purified post-consumer wood in MDF panels production, there will be enormous economic savings that justify the proposers investment in the project. In fact, assuming the following as average costs (70€\t virgin wood or pre-consumer wood; 40€\t post consumer wood), the economic savings are about 2,340€\day (503,100€\year)
6. In a pilot configuration, it is expected that using 78t/day of post-consumer wood, the pilot plant will eliminate about 741kg/day of plastics impurities out of 780kg/day, which will avoid the dioxin emission of about 563ng TEQ/day (considering a density of 150kg/m3 and the estimation from Schatowitz, see section B2).