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The URBANREC 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) and demonstrate its effectiveness in different regions.

 Project co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, 2016 - 2020.



The first URBANREC newsletter was released on 10 January 2017. Discover more about the project’s activities, the meetings and the upcoming events.

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The project aims to improve the separation and disassembling of bulky waste - implementing advanced fragmentation techniques to obtain high quality raw materials, promoting innovative valorisation routes for those considered more problematic (PUR foam, mixed hard plastics and mixed textiles), not recycled due to lack of eco-innovative cost-effective solutions.


The waste treatments considered in the project include:

  • rebonding and chemical glycolysis for the PUR materials, to prepare renewable adhesives;
  • needle felt to obtain isolation panels from textiles;
  • fibre reinforced composites from textiles;
  • wood Plastic composites (WPC);
  • catalytic hydro-gasification with plasma for mixed hard plastics to obtain chemicals or fuel.

These treatments will be optimised and implemented at industrial level thanks to the collaboration of the URBANREC partners which include top EU level research institutes, and companies interested in obtaining novel eco-friendly products from waste, under a circular economy approach.



ACR+ is the leader for dissemination and exploitation activities. ACR+ is also involved in the collection of information on bulky waste management and will coordinate the development of a guide on the implementation of a bulky waste strategy. Further, ACR+ will organize and animate a working group on bulky waste legislation with the objective to come up with concrete recommendations for improved legislation at EU level.


Four different geographical areas – Northern, Mediterranean, Eastern and South-Eastern – are represented by the 21 organisations which are partners to the project. The partners also represent the whole bulky waste value chain and include research organisations, SMEs, larger industrial organisations and local authorities.

  • ACR+
  • AIMPLAS – Asociacion de Investigacion de Materiales Plasticos y Conexas
  • Bornova Municipality
  • BPP, Blueplasma Power S.L.
  • CENTEXBEL, Centre Scientifique & Technique de l’industrie textile Belge
  • CVI, Consorcio Valencia Interior
  • DELAX, Colchones Delax SL
  • Diputación Provincial de Valencia
  • ECOFRAG – ECORETORNO, Ecofrag-Mentation Europe S.L.
  • Eurospuma, Eurospuma - Sociedade Industrial de Espumas Sintéticas SA
  • FHG, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Angewandten Forschung EV
  • IMOG, Intergemeentelijke Maatschappij voor Openbare Gezondheid
  • IOS – PIEP, Instytut Ochrony Srodowiska – Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy
  • IYTE, Izmir Institute of Technology
  • IZNAB Sp. z o.o., Iznab Spolka Z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia
  • OVAM*, Oprnbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij
  • PROCOTEX, Procotex Corporation SA
  • RAMPF, RAMPF Ecosystems GmbH & Co. KG
  • RESCOLL Technology Centre of Materials, RESCOLL
  • URZAD - City of Warsaw*, Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa
  • Vanheede Environment Group

*ACR+ members

URBANREC’s project coordinator is AIMPLAS (Asociación de investigación de materiales plásticos y conexas)

More information: www.urbanrec-project.eu