The REACT proposal addresses the management of waste acrylic textiles coming from outdoor awnings and furnishing. A crucial issue is the analysis and removal of finishing substances that affect the secondary raw material purity and their management. Then a mechanical recycling process will be implemented to obtain second life fibre and fabrics, which performance will be tested for the best application. A full process to remove hazardous materials on finishing of waste acrylic textile will be investigated and developed, together with a safe utilisation and disposal of removed substances. The final goal is to perform a new process for hazardous chemicals removal from finished acrylic textiles, with innovative investigation and processing techniques ant to obtain a fully compatible recycled acrylic textile for reuse.
To maximise the impacts of the project results, recommendations for recycling process implementation, standards, design and technology transfer will be produced.