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RECOTRANS: microwaves and laser welding for recyclable composites in transportation

RECOTRANS project

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Austria, Spain

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In keeping with its mission to respond to the social challenges of sustainable mobility, AIMPLAS has been coordinating RECOTRANS, a EU-funded project which has made it possible to develop new design-efficient technologies and solutions to reduce vehicle weight.

A tool-sharing corner of Asikkala municipal library is a significant step towards circularity

Asikkala Tools Sharing Library

The Maallemuuttajat 2030 project and Asikkala Municipal Library set up a tool-sharing library service.

Recovering contaminated plastics from automotive, construction and electrical appliance industry waste

NonTox

The European NONTOX Project aims to eliminate hazardous and unpleasant substances from plastic waste and thus convert non-recyclable plastics and recycling waste into new resources.

URBIOFIN - from waste to bioproducts through biorefinery

URBIOFIN

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Greece

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The URBIOFIN project aims to demonstrate the techno-economic and environmental viability of an integrated and innovative biorefinery for the transformation of the organic fraction of municipal solid wasteinto new marketable bioproducts, chemical building blocks, biopolymers and additives for different markets like agriculture and cosmetics.

Book in Loop, BabyLoop and UniLoop: how to bring circularity to our children's everyday lives

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Portugal

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The Loop Company has discovered the opportunities offered by the circular economy and launched three initiatives - Book in Loop, BabyLoop and UniLoop - that bring circularity to everyday life.

Delt Papir: making toilet paper without cutting down trees

Delt Papir

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Croatia

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Delt Papir is a Croatian manufacturer and supplier of paper products which produces items such as tissue and hygiene products for the consumer and professional care sectors. It contributes to the circular economy through its closed-loop recycling procedures, making toilet paper out of cellulose which would otherwise have cluttered up landfills.

Community composting in the city of Nitra

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Slovak Republic

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As part of the EU's Bioregio project, the Slovakian city of Nitra has developed a project for community composting by 50 households. The system produces compost, which can be used as a fertiliser by the community. The project aims to lower technical barriers to the reduction of bio-waste.

CuRe: Low energy molecular polyester recycling

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Netherlands

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CuRe has discovered a smarter and scalable technology for creating a fully circular polyester chain. It rejuvenates any type of used polyester by removing the colour and converting it into clear pellets with the same properties as virgin grade polyester.​ In July 2020, a pilot plant in Emmen (Netherlands) was opened for rapid scale-up.

URBAN WASTE: Reducing municipal waste generated by tourism

URBAN WASTE

The URBAN WASTE project focuses on urban strategies for waste management in tourist cities. It involved stakeholders from 11 pilot areas and studied the challenges inherent in waste management so that appropriate strategies responding to real-world needs can be devised and implemented.

FORCE project: Cities Cooperating For Circular Economy

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Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal

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The FORCE project is an EU-funded project seeking to promote the shift towards the circular economy. Running from September 2016 to January 2021, the project identified four main focus areas: plastic waste, wood waste, used electronic and electrical equipment, and food and biowaste.

RCERO Ljubljana: efficient waste management

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The Ljubljana Regional Centre for Waste Management (RCERO Ljubljana) is a national centre for environmentally-friendly waste management in Slovenia.

SeRaMCo: recycling CDW into concrete precast products

SeRaMCo

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Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands

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The Interreg North-West Europe project SeRaMCo (Secondary Raw Material for Concrete Precast Products) focused on researching and promoting the use of secondary raw materials from construction and demolition waste (CDW).

SUSTAINair: bringing the aerospace and aviation sectors in line with circular principles

SUSTAINair project

The Horizon 2020 project SUSTAINair was launched recently. It aims to research and develop solutions to increase resource efficiency and aircraft performance while cutting down on waste and material costs throughout the aircraft life cycle - what is known as "circular aviation".

CLIC: applying circular economy principles to cultural heritage

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EU

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CLIC trans-disciplinary research project aims to demonstrate that it is economically, socially and environmentally convenient to maintain and/or reuse cultural heritage and landscape.

Purified Metal: Responsible processing of contaminated steel scrap into high-quality raw material

EIT

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Netherlands

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Purified Metal Company can responsibly process contaminated steel scrap into a high-quality raw material.

eCO2blocks: making construction materials from industrial waste, water not fit for drinking and CO2

Cement blocks

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Portugal

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eCO2blocks creates an alternative – or a complementary material – to cement by producing building blocks made from industrial waste and water which is not fit for drinking.

The Baltic TRAM project

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The Baltic TRAM (Transnational Research Access in the Macroregion) project strengthened the relationship between analytical research institutions and businesses by fostering cooperation between companies and researchers, linking expertise to industrial needs.

RUCONBAR project reduces road noise

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RUCONBAR, developed in a project which ran from 2011 to 2014, is a highly absorptive, environmentally-friendly concrete noise barrier. It is an innovative mixture of recycled waste tyres and concrete which forms a porous, lightweight, sound absorbing panel.

Re-Match is recycling synthetic turf

Re-Match

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Denmark

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Re-Match has a recycling process for synthetic turf, recovering up to 95% of the materials, which is accredited with the EU’s Environmental Technology Verification. Their patented technology separates the sand, backing, rubber and plastic fibre from used synthetic turf. These materials can then be sold or used in a wide variety of new products in different industries.

Fil&Fab transforms disused fishing nets into pellets to create new plastic products

Fil&Fab

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France

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Fil&Fab has developed a technique to transform disused end-of-life fishing nets into plastic sheets, which are then used to create a series of new plastic products.

SHAREBOX - secure management platform for shared process resources

Sharebox

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The Horizon-2020 SHAREBOX project promoted industrial symbiosis by developing an online platform providing information on waste resources (i.e. energy, water, residues, etc.) that could be used to replace primary resources, to plant managers and other decision-makers.

Alchemia-nova: treating waste water using green walls

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Alchemia-nova, the Institute for innovative phytochemistry and closed loop processes, has colloborated with vertECO, GRETA and LooPi to develop three types of green walls, which treat wastewater to service water standards and create plant biomass and fertiliser.

CEnTOUR or how to help SMEs in the tourism sector transition towards circular economy

CEnTOUR

This COSME project aims to implement a capacity building and support scheme for SMEs in the tourism sector that will lead them to reach different levels of Circular Economy innovations within a transition system.

Remix El Barrio - Co-designing with Biomaterials from food leftovers

Remix El Barrio

Remix El Barrio engages with stakeholders and innovative designers to support a circular transition which revalues surplus food and biowaste.

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