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Welcome!

[09/07/2018] - Welcome to the fourth newsletter of URBANREC
Discover the latest developments of the URBANREC project!

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Project progress and ongoing activities

[09/07/2018] - Project meetings and visit of partners’ facilities
The URBANREC project meetings are an opportunity to visit the different partners’ facilities and see how the project progresses on the ground. The last meetings coincided with visits to the Belgian partners IMOG (civic amenity site), VANHEEDE (recycling unit), PROCOTEX (production unit), CENTEXBEL (processing division) and to the French partner RESCOLL (laboratories and production units).

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[09/07/2018] - Produced demonstrators for fibre reinforced composites
The airlay nonwovens from unravelled textile waste show promising results and their use in different applications is now considered. The formulation of fibre reinforced composites from precision-cut textile waste fibres was further adjusted with the addition of textile fibres and comptabilizers. First demonstrator containing post-production mattress textile waste was produced and the formulation is now undergoing further optimisation.

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[09/07/2018] - Mattresses demonstrator soon to be finalised
As part of the project activities, DELAX (ES) is investigating a mattresses demonstrator based on recycled materials, in collaboration with project partners FRAUNHOFER, RAMPF (DE), EUROSPUMA (PT), RESCOLL (FR) and AIMPLAS (ES).

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[09/07/2018] - Adapting URBANREC results to the project’s regions
Regional partners (Valencia, Warsaw, Flanders and Bornova) aim to optimize bulky waste management in their regions by assessing the feasibility of incorporating innovative technologies developed within the URBANREC project. They are currently performing an evaluation of the efficiency and usefulness of the technologies and implementing adaptations according to the local context.

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The project reaches external audiences

[09/07/2018] - Technical and Networking events
The first technical and networking events of the URBANREC project took place in February and June 2018. They are organised with the aim to promote project activities and results to regional actors of relevance, including representatives of the end-users, suppliers and manufacturers, as well as the scientific community.  

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[09/07/2018] - Legal barriers to market uptake of recycled plastics
Industrial and research partners need to overcome not only technical challenges of recycling plastics coming out from bulky waste, but also economic and legal challenges. The latest meeting of the dedicated URBANREC Working Group looked into the topic of barriers to market uptake of recycled plastics and more specifically, how it can be facilitated through legislation.

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Next Consortium meeting

[09/07/2018] - SAVE THE DATE!
Next consortium meeting will take place on 20th November in Germany, Grafenberg (internal consortium meeting) and will be combined with the 2nd Networking Day of the project which will be on the 21st November in Germany (public event, open to everybody). The host partner for both events is, in this case, RAMPF Eco-solutions GmbH & Co. KG

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Meet the partners!

[09/07/2018] - CENTEXBEL
CENTEXBEL – the Textile and plastic competence centre – is a Belgian non-profit organisation supporting textile manufactures and plastic converters in the development and introduction of novel materials, innovative products and technological processes. 

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[09/07/2018] - PROCOTEX
PROCOTEX Corporation SA is a family owned SME enterprise exisiting since 1965. Historically PROCOTEX started first the preparation of flax fiber still well known for its quality worldwide. Over the years the company has diversified and extended operations also to preparation and recycling of synthetic and technical fibres.

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[09/07/2018] - VANHEEDE
VANHEEDE Environment Group N.V. is a Belgian family-owned company with 11 branches geographically spread over the Belgian and Northern France territory. Since 50 years now, VANHEEDE is collecting, sorting, valorizing and recycling more than 1850 different waste streams totaling almost 1.000.000 tons/year.  VANHEEDE Polymers & Compounds is the daughter company, specialized in recycling of different types of plastics.

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Welcome!

[20/12/2017] - Welcome to the third newsletter of URBANREC
Discover the latest developments of the URBANREC project!

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Project progress and ongoing activities

[20/12/2017] - Project meeting and visit of Eurospuma plant
The latest project consortium meeting was held on 14 and 15 November 2017 in Espinho, Portugal. It was hosted by the project partner Eurospuma and included a tour of Eurospuma facilities where the partners could understand more about the development and production process of PU foam. 

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[20/12/2017] - Treatment of additional textiles and identification of new applications
Over the past months the Spanish partner ECOFRAG has investigated different textile products, as a part of urban bulky waste (mainly carpets and artificial grass), and has performed new tests at the end of their life cycles, with encouraging results. 

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[20/12/2017] - Further optimisation of recycling processes for plastics
Belgian partner VANHEEDE has been optimising the recycling processes for hard plastic waste. The Turkish partner IYTE is involved in ongoing laboratory testing. First results for specific fractions are very promising and their industrial production will be investigated in the future.

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[20/12/2017] - Investigating use of recycled materials in mattresses
As part of the project activities, RESCOLL (FR) is investigating possibilities to formulate a high performance adhesive based on recycled materials, in collaboration with project partners Fraunhofer, RAMPF (DE) and DELAX (ES).

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[20/12/2017] - A step closer to operation for the pilot plant for obtaining high-value added products from bulky waste
The project partner BPP is progressing with the setting up of a pilot plant demonstrating the applicability of Catalytic Hydro-Gasification with Plasma (CHGP) technology for bulky waste management. The pilot plant will be used to convert URBANREC´s bulky waste into a high added value product (methylal). The plant is composed of two units and the gasification unit has already been delivered to BPP’s warehouse, located in Villa Real, Castellón, Spain. BPP is finishing electro-mechanical connections to start running the gasification planned tests.

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[20/12/2017] - New mobile app and dismantling service developed
Within the URBANREC project, IMOG is testing new initiatives for preventing bulky waste and for increasing re-use and recycling of bulky waste. One initiative is the development of a new mobile app on bulky waste management. 

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[20/12/2017] - Environmental feasibility evaluation of project’s products and processes
The URBANREC project will perform a feasibility evaluation of environmental, economic and societal aspects of the integrated bulky waste management system to be implemented during the project. The project partner IOŚ-PIB is in charge of performing the environmental analysis for the improved bulky waste management system in the four URBANREC regions, for pilot technologies and for demonstrator products to be developed during the project. 

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URBANREC finds new friends – clustering with other projects

[20/12/2017] - Networking with LIFE and H2020 projects related to plastics
In September 2017, URBANREC participated in a forum of exchange between different European projects. Several workshop sessions aimed to explain how the projects are contributing to make plastic waste fit for the circular economy.

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[20/12/2017] - Cluster collaboration between H2020 eco-innovation projects
In October 2017, URBANREC participated to organise a joint workshop with six other H2020 eco-innovation projects. The event took place during the European Week of Cities and Regions and focused on local/ regional policies and strategies and the contribution of the different eco-innovations proposed by the seven projects.

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Upcoming events

[20/12/2017] - Meet us at

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Meet the partners!

[20/12/2017] - Bornova Municipality
Bornova is located in the western part of Turkey in the Province of Izmi. It is one of the oldest local authorities of Turkey established in 1881. Bornova is highly urbanized and modern city that covers an area of 215 km². It is the third-largest district in Izmir Province, home to around 500.000 inhabitants in the Greater Metropolitan Area with more than 1 million mobile population) with corresponding high levels of development in terms of services and industry (5 big Industrial Zones are located in Bornova).  

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[20/12/2017] - Eurospuma
Eurospuma S.A. is a family-owned company from Portugal. Since 1965, Eurospuma S.A. produces high quality polyurethane foams and since 1979 high bulk nonwovens, supplying raw materials for various industrial sectors such as bedding, furniture, home textile, upholstery, apparel, automotive, footwear, medical, filtration, childcare, etc.

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[20/12/2017] - IOS-PIB
The Institute of Environmental Protection-National Research Institute (IOŚ-PIB) is a governmental institute, supervised by the Ministry of the Environment, founded in 1986. In 2010 Institute was granted the status of National Research Institute. 

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Welcome!

[16/06/2017] - Welcome to the second newsletter of URBANREC
The URBANREC project enters into its second year of operation!

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Project progress and ongoing activities

[16/06/2017] - Project meeting and Ecofrag pilot plant
The last project meeting took place on 30 and 31 May 2017 in Valencia, Spain. The meeting included an exchange between partners on the activities performed in the last months, as well as a tour of Ecofrag pilot plant including a demonstration of the Ecofrag technology.

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[16/06/2017] - A step forward for the recycling of mattresses
As part of the project activities, DELAX (ES) is investigating possibilities to incorporate post-consumer materials in the production of new mattresses, by retrieving mattresses from the Spanish public authority CVI. In parallel, Fraunhofer ICT is performing analysis and treatment of foam materials received from Ecofrag to obtain secondary polyols.

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[16/06/2017] - New valorisation routes for mixed textiles
Belgian partners Centexbel and Procotex have worked with post-consumer textile samples both after the separation process with Ecofrag technology and coming from Vanheede and IMOG (BE). Further tests and investigations are ongoing.

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[16/06/2017] - Improving the separation of mixed plastics
Mixed plastic waste from separation with Ecofrag technology and treated with the current state-of-the-art technology are being compared. Belgian partner Vanheede and IYTE in Turkey are involved in the ongoing analysis.

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[16/06/2017] - In brief: further news from our partners’ activities
In the framework of the URBANREC project, DV’s Environment Deputy Josep Bort visited the facilities of the company Ecofrag in Agullent (Valencia). The visit took place on 6 March 2017 and showed how Ecofrag is developing last generation treatment plant to deal with bulky waste. 

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Involving external stakeholders

[16/06/2017] - Legal Working Group meeting on reuse – feedback welcome
The second meeting of the URBANREC Legal Working Group focused on the topic of reuse of bulky waste. Several presentations were held during the meeting and a number of relevant questions were addressed.

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[16/06/2017] - Promotion of URBANREC in Turkey
Project partners IYTE and Bornova municipality have performed several activities to promote the URBANREC project on the Turkish territory. 

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[16/06/2017] - URBANREC project’s objectives reflected in the Flemish implementation plan
There is a perfect match between the objectives of the URBANREC-project and the Flemish implementation plan for household and comparable industrial waste.

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Upcoming events

[16/06/2017] - Meet us at

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Meet the partners!

[16/06/2017] - Diputació de Valčncia
Diputación de Valencia (DV) – the Valencia provincial council, is a public administration that works as a big town hall for 266 municipalities in the province of Valencia. It pays special attention to the smallest municipalities which represent 75 % of the total municipalities in the province. DV supports the municipalities preserving inter-regional balance and helps municipalities to cooperate and collaborate in the execution of local competences, especially those which can not be easily implemented with their own resources, such as waste management.  

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[16/06/2017] - Ecofrag
ECOfragmentation Europe S.L.E. (ECOFRAG) is a recently established company. It aims to valorise and recycle different types of waste, and in particular post-industrial plastic waste (e.g. commodity plastic and other elastomers), through the application of an innovative technology owned by the company and based on high pressure water fragmentation. 

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[16/06/2017] - IMOG
Imog is one of the 26 intermunicipal organisations for waste management in Flanders and is located in South-West-Flanders. It takes care of the waste management of 11 municipalities representing 233.000 inhabitants and is responsible for the waste collection and waste treatment. For this purpose, Imog has 2 sites with their specific activities (such as a household waste incinerator, landfilling site, biomass centre and 2 sorting centres) and an extensive network of source-separated waste collection (including 16 civic amenity sites, 300 glass containers and door-to-door collection). 

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Welcome!

[01/12/2016] - Welcome to the first newsletter of URBANREC
URBANREC involves stakeholders at all levels of the value chain of urban bulky waste. The project aims to develop and implement an eco-innovative and integral bulky waste management system – enhancing prevention, improving logistics and allowing new waste treatments to obtain high added value recycled products.

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First months of the project

[01/12/2016] - Project meetings
Since the official start of URBANREC in June 2016, the project partners have already met twice – in the summer to kick-off the activities of the project, and six months later to exchange first experiences and results.

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[01/12/2016] - Project website, LinkedIn and Twitter
The project webpage is already online, you can check it out on www.urbanrec-project.eu! Thanks to the Polish partner IZNAB the URBANREC project is also present on Social media. You can join the discussions on the project LinkedIn group and follow the project’s news on Twitter.

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Ongoing activities

[01/12/2016] - Investigating new possibilities for the reuse of bulky waste in Flanders
The inter-municipal public organisation IMOG (BE) provides integrated waste management solutions to 14 municipalities in South West Flanders. For its tasks within URBANREC, IMOG works together with the Kringloopcentrum South West Flanders to enhance opportunities for bulky waste reuse. 

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[01/12/2016] - Data collection in Flanders
In the first semester of the URBANREC project, the OVAM has been focusing on the collection, validation and processing of the waste data in Flanders.

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[01/12/2016] - Provisional textile demonstrators by Centexbel, Procotex, Vanheede (BE) and IYTE (TR)
For the recovery of the textile fraction of bulky waste within the framework of the URBANREC project, three Belgian partners (Centexbel, Procotex and Vanheede Environment Group) work in close cooperation with the Turkish partner IYTE, a research university. At the moment three different demonstrators, which could be produced from the recovered textile fraction, are provisionally defined. 

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[01/12/2016] - URBANREC implementation in Turkey
Turkish partners İYTE (Izmir Institute of Technology) and Bornova municipality have been working together to collect data and organise the collection of bulky waste for reuse. Further, close collaboration is ongoing between İYTE and the Belgian partners Vanheede and Centexbel, related to the recovery of recycled wood and plastics from bulky waste for the formulation of WPC. 

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Involving external stakeholders

[01/12/2016] - Legal Working Group on bulky waste
One of project’s objectives is to come up with recommendations for a draft European legislation addressing bulky waste. For this ACR+ (BE) has set up and will animate a Working Group on Legal issues.

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[01/12/2016] - Public seminar with local authorities in Valencia province on URBANREC innovative strategies
DV – the Valencia provincial council – organised a public seminar for municipalities to promote the project URBANREC as a new alternative in the bulky waste management, able to transform bulky waste into a resources.

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Upcoming events

[01/12/2016] - May 2017 in Valencia, Spain
If you would like to provide input and discuss ideas for URBANREC events or request a presentation at your event, please get in touch at urbanrec@aimplas.es

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Meet the partners!

[01/12/2016] - AIMPLAS
AIMPLAS is a Spanish research and technology centre with more than 25 years of experience in offering solutions to companies of the plastics industry (manufacturers of raw materials, processors and end users). The service offered comprises the development of integral and customised solutions by coordinating and developing R&D projects, technical assistance, analysis and testing, competitive intelligence and training. AIMPLAS is also among the leading entities that achieved the highest return from the 7th European Research Framework Programme with respect to Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Materials and New Production Technologies (NMP).

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[02/12/2016] - OVAM
OVAM – the Public Waste Agency of Flanders – prepares legislation on waste, material and soil management on behalf of the Flemish Minister for the environment. Once approved by the Flemish Government, OVAM implements the legislation and supervises its implementation. Since 1981 OVAM strives for efficient and sustainable management of waste, materials and soil. The joint efforts of OVAM, citizens, the private sector and local governments have made Flanders a leading European region in this domain. In the future OVAM wants to continue and even boost these efforts in view of achieving a true circular economy in which a sustainable management of waste, materials and soil makes new resources, materials and space available.

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[02/12/2016] - Fraunhofer ICT
The Fraunhofer ICT researches and develops products and processes in the fields of polymer technology, environmental engineering, electrochemistry and chemical energy sources. Its facilities and expertise focus on the conception and development of products and components, and on process technology, research into materials and constituent substances, characterization, testing and quality assurance. The Fraunhofer ICT has more than 20 years’ experience in the industrialization of environmental engineering task, in industrial projects as well as EU projects, such as the collaborative project Clean Sky.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 690103