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Circular economy

Companies inspire companies – Waste and materials management

The AFVALorisatie project increases awareness in the manufacturing industry as a whole of the relevance and potential of economic and sustainable waste and materials management. The appealing examples, specific feasible measures and supporting tools provided motivate companies to start their own low-threshold activities. A step-by-step plan creates support for further activities towards a more sustainable and circular use of materials. This project converts methods, technology and examples into understandable, actionable steps for manufacturers.

 

It provides inspiring examples and knowledge on specific actionable activities, which are key elements to elaborate on materials management for manufacturers. In other words, companies present their cases and solutions using various tools, blog posts and videos.

Step-by-step towards a circular project

Technological innovation is important, but so is creating an environment where people can work towards success in the circular economy, on a large or small scale. A learning organisation encourages new ideas on circular entrepreneurship, has ambitions for the collective circular economy, stimulates initiatives and provides room for everyone to work on learning new skills.

 

Setting up a circular business is a continuous learning process. Throughout the year, Sirris provides you with information on how to transition to a circular economy in many ways, including via the Learning Network Circular Economy Connect framework. The exchange of information takes place at scheduled meetings but also in blog posts based on the experience shared by companies within the framework of the Learning Network. The expertise of Sirris and Agoria and their many knowledge partners is also invaluable. We provide a step-by-step plan to help close the gap between your circular economy project and your organisational model. 

 

Completion of a study on waste management for large composite structures

 
Waste management for large composite structures such as dismantled wind turbine rotors and decommissioned yachts or silos increasingly represents a major challenge. In traditional waste management processes, fibre-reinforced thermosets are usually processed into cement. Current initiatives and pilot or demonstration projects are resulting in advances in recycling technology. More technology is available to process waste into new source materials. 
 

Joint efforts in research and approach 

What are the key factors in initiating the best possible methods of recycling and processing? In conjunction with SLC-Lab and OWI-Lab, Sirris has run a cost-benefit analysis on composite products. The starting point was the composite and offshore energy clusters (IBN Composites and IBN Offshore Energy respectively), which joined forces with Agoria and Go4Circle in the study. The various stakeholders in the chain came together to discuss topics from the dismantling of logistics to the end process, to ensure an in-depth exploration of the value chains and their potential.  
 
At the closing event of the CompositeLoop project on 5 June 2019, the researchers presented an overview of the current position, the pathways with the highest potential and flanking measures that could provide support. The funding and set-up of a viable value chain were also discussed, alongside various scenarios and future developments for possible introduction in the short-term.
The attendees at the event included company and service representatives who are considering playing a future role in this value chain.
 
The project demonstrated that certain recycling technologies are sufficiently mature to be implemented in waste management for large composite structures. It also showed that logistics plays an important role in feasibility and technology decisions. Various pilot studies are currently looking into how a uniform waste stream can be achieved.
 
The CompositeLoop results have been compiled in a final report, which can be provided by Sirris on request.