FUNDING TO DIVERT END OF LIFE VEHICLE-PLASTICS FROM LANDFILL
The Plastics Challenge – Diverting End of Life Vehicle Plastics advertises 100% grant/non-repayable funding up to $1.15 million towards converting end-of-life vehicle (ELV) plastics components into valuable materials (e.g. polymers, solid carbons like carbon black or graphite, etc.) and/or into molecules (e.g. chemicals, monomers or fuels).
To be eligible, proposals should target the dismantling and conversion of ELV plastic components destine to landfill prior to or after shredding (i.e., Automotive Shredder Residue [ASR]).
Phase 1 offers a maximum of $150,000 for up to 6 months to develop a cost-effective laboratory or pilot scale prototype system that converts a minimum of 40% of ELVs plastics, i.e. at least 40% of the plastics contained in an end of life vehicle, at a rate of 50 tons/hr. or more. The prototype must also allow for separate recovery of toxic substances plus have a lower environmental impact than current landfill practices.
Phase 2 offers a maximum of up to $1 million over 2 years for commercializing funded Phase 1 prototype systems. Eligible systems must be automated for industrial or semi-industrial use, and able to cost-effectively convert a minimum of 60% ELVs plastics, i.e. at least 60% of the plastics contained in an end of life vehicle, at a rate of 50 tons/hr. or more. As in Phase 1, the system must also allow for separate recovery of toxic substances plus have a lower environmental impact than current landfill practices.
Proposals that lead to end products materials of inconsistent quality; or present a strategy based on the direct incorporation of ELVs plastics into composites, concrete or asphalt; or present a direct waste-to-energy approach such as co-incineration WILL NOT be considered for funding. All projects must comply with local, provincial and federal environmental regulations.
Incorporated businesses having 499 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, of which 50% of the workers, contractors, executives live and/or are paid in Canada, are eligible to apply.
Eligible costs include salaries, contractors (not to exceed 1/3 of total eligible costs), travel, reports and studies, overhead (not to exceed 15% of total eligible costs), material, patenting, capital costs, etc. Ineligible costs may include land acquisitions, financing charges, goods or services received through donations, property taxes, and lobbyist fees. The deadline for applications is April 16, 2020 14:00 EST.
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