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

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

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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.

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

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Netherlands

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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

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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

The project located in the territory of Thau 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 by experimenting with mule farming and by testing the incorporation of bread from the catering industry into fish pellets.

Cooling servers, cleaning bodies: recycled heat from server room provides hot water in the sports hall showers of the Jean Moulin University, Lyon

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France

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Stimergy by using a liquid cooling and heat recovery system in server rooms or by decentralising its servers in "digital boilers" located in residential and public buildings recycles heat from data servers to water heating systems. Thanks to its liquid heat recovery system, Stimergy both reduces energy waste of servers and energy needs of water heating systems.

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

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Finland

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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.

Waste to Energy all the ways in the district of Leoben, Austria

In the district of Leoben, about 12 300 tons of municipal waste were buried without any energy recovery until 2003. Since 2004, landfill regulations prescribe a pre-treatment of waste before landfill deposit and a new scheme for waste management with multiple treatment options allowed a reduction of municipal waste to a quarter and the production of heat and electricity for local use.

INDRA, a competitive end-of-life vehicles treatment branch, recuperates up to 95% of car mass

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France, Spain

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Renault and Suez (formely Sita France), through their joint-venture INDRA have created a competitive end-of-life vehicle treatment program which is comprised of a network of 350 end of life (EVL) dismantlers. In 2016 recovered 355 000 end of life vehicles.

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

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Netherlands

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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.

Electric and electronic waste: a little incentive goes a long way

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Germany

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Binee is a local recycling service to dispose of outdated electric and electronic appliances, gaining success by its understanding of consumers' expectations and behaviours. A right mix between convenience, digital tracking, transparency and reward system makes it an efficient approach to maximise 'Urban mining' in EEEW.

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