You are here

Secondary raw materials

21 Dec 2017
Save the date!

Two years after the adoption of EU Circular Economy Package in December 2015, more than half of the initiatives included in the Action Plan have been delivered. To discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action and share the first achievements of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will host a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February in Brussels.

Circular economy, a holistic approach towards low-carbon Alpine cities

Greencycle is an Alpine Space EU project

Cities and regions in Alpine Space have mainly set their low-carbon objectives and adopted relevant strategies in energy, mobility, construction aso. The project GREENCYCLE aims to introduce the system of circular economy as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and provide additional 2-4 % greenhouse emission reduction to the partner cities.

VinylPlus®: the Voluntary Sustainable Development Programme by the European PVC industry

VinylPlus® is the European PVC industry’s Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development (EU-28,

VinylPlus® is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development by the European PVC industry. It was developed through dialogue with stakeholders including industry, NGOs, regulators, civil society representatives and PVC users. The scheme delivers concrete results in the use of additives, traceability, collection and recycling.

Different ways of turning wastewater treatment plants into resource recovery facilities

The EU funded project R3Water developed  different solutions for transition from treatment plant for urban wastewater to a production unit to provide energy, nutrients, water for re-use and possibly other valuables.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Belgium, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Language for original content:

The EU FP7 funded project R3Water (“Demonstration of innovative solutions for Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment“) demonstrated solutions to support the transition from being purely a wastewater treatment plant using energy and chemicals, towards a resource facility delivering different valuables.

Focus in the project was to develop, demonstrate and test solutions for upgrading existing urban wastewater treatment plants and to improve resource efficiency with the implementation of new technologies and business models.

In the city of Almere, innovative waste project turns water plants into paper

Aquatic plants that need to be regularly removed from the Weerwater lake in Almere, are now integrated into biomass blends used to produce sustainable paper

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Netherlands

Language for original content:

The city of Almere, working together with local stakeholders and the company Millvision, has developed an innovative circular economy partnership. Mowed plants from the local lake instead of just being disposed of, are now being integrated by Millvision, a paper company, in to biomass blends used to produce sustainable paper.  The aquatic plant is a local and renewable input to the production of the paper but it also "circular" as something that would be discarded as waste is re-valued as a raw material used in production.

Sharing Materials to Minimize Waste: Industrial Symbiosis Project

Industrial symbiosis is a form of brokering to bring companies together in innovative collaborations, finding ways to use the waste from one as raw materials for another.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain

Language for original content:

Sector:

SYMBI project will contribute to improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes related to the promotion and dissemination of Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy.

Advanced Dry Recovery (ADR) technology upgrades fine non-ferrous metals from municipal waste-to-energy ash

Inashco operates a unique upgrading facility to further upgrade non-ferrous metal concentrate into a light non-ferrous (aluminium) scrap product and heavy non-ferrous (copper/zinc) scrap product.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Netherlands

Language for original content:

The Inashco ash recycling consists of an on-site concentrator (ADR) and a centralized upgrading facility. The ADR together with conventional Eddy Current Separators, produce a fine non-ferrous concentrate and a clean marketable mineral aggregate. The non-ferrous concentrate is transported to the Inashco proprietary upgrading facility. At the upgrading facility the concentrate is upgraded into high valuable heavy and light non-ferrous metal scrap products.

From environmental nuisance to secondary raw material: coastal vegetal waste in composites industry

The main objective of SEA-MATTER is to demonstrate and validate the reuse of coastal algae and seaweed accumulations as raw materials in composites industry.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Spain

Language for original content:

The main objective of SEA-MATTER is to demonstrate and validate the reuse of coastal algae and seaweed accumulations as raw materials in composites industry.

When it comes to recycling aluminium, Every Can Counts

Individual country programmes are managed locally, allowing for best fitted communication actions on the ground (here, during an agricultural fair in Belgium)
Country: 
Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

Language for original content:

The “Every Can Counts” programme aims to improve recycling by enabling and encouraging people to recycle drinks cans used outside the home (e.g. workplaces, festivals, tourist locations, etc.).

Tackling ocean pollution from simple nets on fishing boats to innovative recycled products

WFO acquired simple "Ocean Trash Collectors" that can be attached to fishing boats and can remove 2 to 8 tonnes floating marine debris

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Belgium

Language for original content:

Sector:

WFO collects and transforms Ocean Plastic by collaborating with fishermen and brands.

Biopolymers from bakery waste: now you can eat your cake and wrap the next cake, too

New polymers synthetized from bakery waste make for biodegradable bakery wrapping

BREAD4PLA is a project conducted by a consortium of four European organisation led by AIMPLAS.

It seeked to demonstrate, in a pre-productive pilot plant process, the viability of poly(lactic acid), a bioplastic polymer (PLA), synthesized from waste products of the bakery industry for the production of bakery packaging.

Rolling Plastics: towards precision sorting of plastics components from end-of-life vehicles

Near infrared spectroscopy system gives precise indications on the quality and recyclability of plastics in vehicle parts.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Spain

Language for original content:

Recycling plastic parts from scrapped end-of-life vehicles (ELV) in the Basque Country to obtain high-added-value granules.

Recover® recycled yarns adress the high environmental pressure of cotton textile production

Recover® is a range of yarns and threads produced with 100% recycled fibres containing a high percentage of recycled cotton.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Spain

Language for original content:

Hilature Ferre mill has been recycling textile materials since 1947, but it is in 2015 that the company officially launched its Recover Upcycled Textile System for open end high quality recycled yarns.

Hilaturas Ferre collects and sorts textile waste resources from all over the planet, cutting and shredding them to produce new fiber to feed their industrial spinning process. The Recover yarns contain a consistent percentage of 50% recycled cotton, blended with other recycled material such as polyester from PET bottles.

Green procurement: white aggregates in road resurfacing sparks up incentive for recycling

When imposing 35% min white aggregates in road resurfacing, the City of Hamburg increased the incentive to use recycled material

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Germany

Language for original content:

In Hamburg, green public procurement principles are included in the City's overarching procurement policy. Additional environmental contract requirements are imposed by the City specifically for road construction tenders.

Hamburg has taken a significant step forward to encourage an increase of recycling rates in construction materials by establishing an online exchange for soil, debris and construction materials.

Smart magnetic separation turns any kind of PET plastic into high quality raw material

Ioniqa`s innovative process to convert any PET plastic into a new high quality raw material.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Netherlands

Language for original content:

Ioniqa is a clean-tech-spin-off based in the Netherlands that has developed an innovative process to recycle all types and colours of PET waste into high quality pure raw materials that ensures a less impact on scarce resources like oil.

Port of Rotterdam: cyclists can enjoy a like-new bike lane, thanks to a bio-based ‘rejuvenator’ for recycled asphalt

In the port of Rotterdam, a bike lane is made completely from recycled asphalt (picture: Port of Rotterdam)

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Municipality of Rotterdam in partnership with KWS Infra and Arizona Chemical to deploy recycled asphalt. The processing of rejuvenation utilizes a "rejuvenator" using raw material extracted from pine tree by-products.

Visual and near-infrared spectroscopy might revolutionize textile recycling

Sorting different types of clothes by using visual and near-infrared spectroscopy to sort textiles according to various textile fibres.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Sweden

Language for original content:

The research institute IVL has developed a new technology that may revolutionize textile recycling. It consists on sorting effectively clothes or other fabrics based on various types of fibres and it aims to increase efficiency and quality in textile sorting, therefore improving quality  of recycled products.

10 Nov 2017
Level(s), a new EU assessment framework in sustainable buildings that fully integrates circularity

The European Commission has just launched the pilot phase of a new EU-wide framework for sustainable buildings called Level(s). The pilot phase is expected to last until 2019 and stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in the testing phase.

Cooperation between Aurubis and Grillo-Werke yields a perfect closed loop for copper and zinc

Thanks to the cooperation between two industries, no trace element is lost in the production of copper and zinc sulfate

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Germany

Language for original content:

Aurubis, an expert in multi-metal recycling, and Grillo-Werke, specialised in zinc and sulphur products, cooperate to make a perfect closed loop for non ferrous trace elements.

 Residual zinc from copper production is used by Grillo-Werke as a secondary raw material for zinc sulfate. Residues from this production - including copper, tin and lead - are then fed back to Aurubis for more copper and other non-ferrous production, ensuring that no trace element is lost in the process.

From waste water to biofuels: ECO3 bio- and circular economy business area

ECO3 bio- and circular economy business area makes possible the versatile production of renewable energy and bio fuels. The ECO3 area already has biogas production, and local industrial, wood-based and waste water treatment by-products can be utilised to produce heat and biofuels.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Finland

Language for original content:

An innovative, industrial-scale, multidisciplinary bio- and circular economy business area, ECO3, is being built. A new creative ecosystem has been developed, which exceeds traditional sector boundaries, and in which one person’s waste is another’s commodity. The plant is expected to be fully operational in 2018.

Offer and demand in secondary raw materials? Make the perfect match on MarketplaceHub

Knowing about offer and demand can stimulate the secondary raw material market

Marketplace Hub maps raw materials markets and industrial synergy networks worldwide by both their locations and what material they trade. It aims to aid interested businesses to find where they could source or sell their materials secondary raw materials.
Best practices, policies, and lessons learned are also included in the interactive web-based platform.

The functional economy in the chemical industry: 8 case studies demonstrate efficiency and sustainability

Greater efficiency and less waste - a new business model in chemical use

Take Back Chemicals is innovating by proposing a 'functional economy' business model in the use of chemicals. Traditional business models are based on sales per volume, whereas TBC uses "chemical leasing" and regeneration process for greater efficiency and sustainability.  

The report is based on the study of 3 cases in Belgium and 5 cases in the Netherlands with leading chemical industries.

Meet Econyl®, the high quality regenerated nylon yarn

Used nylons, mainly from the fishing industry, are gathered, reprocessed and turned into an innovative ecological nylon material, called econyl. They are afterwards sold for further use.

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Slovenia

Language for original content:

Used nylons, mainly from the fishing industry, are gathered, reprocessed and turned into an innovative ecological nylon material, called econyl. They are afterwards sold for further use.

From strategy to financing: comprehensive guidelines for green start-ups

The Guidelines for green start-ups provide an overview of the most relevant areas and issues for green entrepreneurs in order to facilitate the transition towards a climate-friendly economy, by avoiding the irreparable losses involved in unsustainable consumption and production. More specifically, they provide an overview of main barriers, key opportunities and most common as well as most recent financial instruments available for start-ups.

GtoG: let's change the way gypsum based waste are treated

Gypsum is indefinitely recyclable, yet waste from construction, renovation and demolition is still estimated at 2.350.000 ton/year in EU27

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Belgium

Language for original content:

The GtoG project has put in place an integrated approach to construction and demolition waste by holistic management, starting from the major refurbishment/demolition sites to the reincorporation of the recycled gypsum in the manufacturing process via the processing of gypsum waste as a secondary raw material