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Different ways of turning wastewater treatment plants into resource recovery facilities

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

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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

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Netherlands

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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.

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

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Netherlands

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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.

Contarina integrated waste management model: 'Door to Door', 'Pay As You Throw'

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Italy

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Contarina’s waste management model success is based on a curbside collection system with a “pay as you throw” fee: a model that has been thoroughly tried and tested. For years, Contarina has been leader in Europe in recycling and is an example of cutting-edge public entity in terms of services and results, working with the community to achieve a common goal: protection of the environment.

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

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Spain

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

TheCircularLab: a packaging innovation laboratory

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Spain

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In 2017, Ecoembes has launched its pioneering circular economy project in Europe; TheCircularLab, which will involve all phases of packaging: from creation, via ecodesign, up to the reintroduction of our products into the consumption cycle. Based in the La Rioja region, TheCircularLab aims to turn the region into a great centre for experimentation by enabling innovations to be tested on a real scale.

Visual and near-infrared spectroscopy might revolutionize textile recycling

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Sweden

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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.

A new recycling system for work clothes at Posti, Finland

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Finland

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Finland's post office has put in place a new recycling system to collect and separate its employee's valuable and re-usable work clothing that matches the new Posti brand, including mail deliverers’ shell jackets and trousers, winter coats and reflective work clothes.

Sustainable fish farming and fighting against food waste

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France

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The project is located in the territory of Thau. This is an experimental project, carried out by the CPIE * Bassin de Thau with the involvement of different partners, including CIRAD* for scientific coordination. This project aims to develop a new fishing field, on the one hand, by experimenting with mule farming, an omnivorous local species less demanding in terms of protein intake and yet providing all the benefits required for human consumption, and on the other hand by testing the incorporation of bread from the catering industry into fish pellets.

These two aspects aim to produce a local fish with all the nutritional qualities at a lower cost and to reduce the food waste in the collective catering and the baker sector. The project aims to create an innovative and sustainable territorialized food system. The project is accompanied by education and awareness raising among actors and the public to combat food waste and responsible food behavior.

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

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.

Meet Econyl®, the high quality regenerated nylon yarn

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Italy, Slovenia

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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.

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