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Aerocircular: upcycling end-of-life aircraft parts

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Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Belgium
City: 
Ostend

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes

Partners:

Submitted by: 
Technopolis
Ongoing: 
Yes
Description: 

How many planes can you fit in a landfill?

Belgian company Aerocircular, founded in 2016, is based at the international airport of Ostend–Bruges. It provides green, service-only, economical end-of-life aircraft recycling and upcycling services to fleet owners. When a plane has reached the end of its lifecycle, the company divides its parts into reusable and non-reusable. The parts are then reused or dismantled and recycled.

Dismantled parts and raw materials remain the property of the initial aircraft owner. Aerocircular also stores reusable spare parts for its customers, maintaining them as necessary. If the client so requests, the company can act as a broker to maximise revenue from recovered parts and the natural resources they may contain.

For the upcycling strand of its business operations, the company has a partnership with Aero-design to use recovered materials to make furniture and sculptures.

Main results: 

Aerocircular:

  • guarantees 99% recycling of aircraft materials that cannot be reused
  • employs between 20 and 60 people depending on demand.