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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.



On 14-15 november 2017, the project held the biannual consortium meeting in Espinho, Portugal. The meeting served as a platfor for the project partners to discuss the work conduscted during the past six months of the project. The industrial partners have presented their advances in the recovery of different bulky waste materials and in fine-tuning the technologies for their treatment. The Flemish partners IMOG and OVAM have been working with social organisations to enhance reuse of bulky waste and also on analysing the social and economic implications of reuse with the view to expand these activities to further Flemish municipalities. ACR+, which is in charge of a Legal Working Group, has presented the results of the survey on reuse of bulky waste conducted in the summer.

Browse the second newsletter to discover more about the project’s activities, the meetings and the upcoming events. You will for example learn about the last project meeting which 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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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