New Research project "ReVise-UP" started

  Participants of the kick-off meeting of the ReVise-UP research project stand in front of the mining building of RWTH Aachen University Copyright: © ANTS

Kick-off meeting of the ReVise-UP research project


Research project "ReVise-UP" started to improve the process efficiency of mechanical plastics recycling using sensor technology


In September 2023, the BMBF-funded research project ReVise-UP ("Improving the process efficiency of mechanical recycling of post-consumer plastic packaging waste through intelligent material flow management - implementation phase") started. In the four-year implementation phase, the transparency and efficiency of mechanical plastics recycling is to be increased by developing and demonstrating sensor-based material flow characterization methods on an industrial scale.

Based on the data transparency generated by sensor data, the current plastics recycling shall be improved by three effects: First, data transparency is intended to create positive incentives for improved collection and product qualities and thus increased recyclate quantities and qualities. Second, sensor-based material flow characteristics are to be used to adapt sorting, treatment and plastics processing processes to fluctuating material flow properties. Third, the improved data situation should enable a holistic ecological and economic evaluation of the value chain.

A total of 17 research institutes, associations and industrial partners are participating in ReVise-UP. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding ReVise-UP with €3.92 million as part of the funding guideline "Resource-efficient recycling management - plastics recycling technologies (KuRT)".

Project partners in ReVise-UP are:

Institut für Anthropogene Stoffkreisläufe der RWTH Aachen University (Konsortialleiter)

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH

Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.

Human Technology Center der RWTH Aachen University

Hündgen Entsorgungs GmbH & Co. KG

Krones AG

Kunststoff Recycling Grünstadt GmbH


STADLER Anlagenbau GmbH

Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH

PreZero Recycling Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Associated partners in ReVise-UP are:

bvse - Bundesverband Sekundärrohstoffe und Entsorgung e. V.

cirplus GmbH

HC Plastics GmbH

Henkel AG

Initiative „Mülltrennung wirkt“

TOMRA Sorting GmbH