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From expired bank cards to urban furniture

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Portugal
City: 
Lisbon

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes
Submitted by: 
CGD
Start/End date: 
01/2015
Ongoing: 
Yes

Type of funding:

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

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Description: 

As a result of its Corporate Sustainability Program and Environmental Management System, Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) identified an improvement opportunity: the development of a recycling circuit for expired or damaged cards, based on the circular economy concept, and in partnership with Extruplás, the company responsible for collecting and recycling the cards, and for manufacturing the urban furniture items that CGD offers to social institutions.

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Main results: 
  • Between 2015 and 2017, about 11,5 tons of bank cards were sent for recycling, corresponding to more than 2,2 million of cards. With these materials, six pieces of urban furniture, totaling 860 kg, were produced and delivered to six social solidarity institutions focused on children and senior citizens