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The URBANREC project – new approaches for the valorisation of URBAN bulky waste into high added value RECycled products – 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.



As part of the URBANREC Legal Working Group, ACR+ launched a questionnaire on the uptake of recycled textile in December 2018. The results of the survey are being put together with the previous outcomes of the Legal Working Group in order to propose recommendations for bulky waste legislation.

In the fame of the World Resources Forum 2019 ‘Closing Loops - Transitions at work’ side event 'Industrial Symbiosis in Europe', held in Antwerp, Belgium, the project partner Blue Plasma Power gave an overview of the project activities, focusing on a promising technology to treat the residual part of bulky waste, on 26 February 2019. The Catalytic Hydrogasification with Plasma (CHGP) of such waste results in the production of Methylal, which can be used as a solvent or additive in biodiesel. The technology has been tested for several months in a pilot-scale plant to monitor the efficiency parameters and evaluate the scale-up potential.

After three years of activities, the project is entering its final phase and is at a point where it can communicate findings to interested audiences in the form of factsheets covering diverse topics from a dismantling system to increase reuse of old furniture to laminated cutting technology (fragmentation) to separate materials and products, and downloadable on the project's website


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