The Hague kicks off with plastic collection on the beach

The City of The Hague was the first partner to kick off the plastic waste collection in 2020 and continues with a second collection round! This year The Hague starts early (in July 2021) with highly motivated beach pavilions. The beach in The Hague is not only the eye catcher of the city, but also breathes an atmosphere of responsible entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Ten beach pavilions have started last week with the first plastic separation. Bins are provided by the PlastiCity project to facilitate the entrepreneurs on the beach. After solving some small challenges, all the beach pavilions are separating all their plastics, an amazing result! The businesses separate the plastic waste into two streams: (clean) foils and ‘rigid plastics’ by using colored bags. This helps the upcycling process in the recycling unit. Also this year the plastics will be transported to Ghent due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Despite that fact, the city of The Hague is now halfway carrying out the project.

PlastiCity collecting plastic at beach pavillions ( The Hague, Scheveningen 22- 07-21 ) Photo: Frank Jansen

Lessons learned

After the first collection round in 2020, The Hague had learned some valuable lessons. For example, not all plastic waste can be recycled (yet) and that those challenges still need to addressed. Simultaneously, there were also positive results, such as the happiness of businesses being able to (finally) separate their plastic waste. Also, the Resource bike (electric cargo bike) is very convenient for reaching businesses quick and easy without putting more pressure on city logistics in The Hague.

The Resource bike at the beach ( The Hague, Scheveningen 22- 07-21 ) Photo: Frank Jansen

What’s next?

From September onwards, all interested businesses in The Hague are invited to  hand in their plastic waste. The plastic waste collection will take place until December and the plastics are then processed in the PlastiCity mobile recycling unit. In the meantime, The Hague will organize a design workshop to discuss with businesses which products can be made of their plastics.

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This is how you help to recycle plastic industrial waste in Ghent

PlastiCity is looking for companies in Ghent that want to play an important role in the recycling of plastic industrial waste. Discover the advantages here.

 

Collection, recycling and reuse of plastic company waste

PlastiCity, a European-funded project running in Ghent, The Hague, Southend-on-Sea and Douai, is testing the viability of collecting, recycling and reusing plastic industrial waste that is not yet recycled. European research shows that the recycling rate for plastic industrial waste is still too low (around 20-30%). Especially in cities, such as Ghent, there is a lot of plastic industrial waste available. Yet these 'lost' plastics can play an important role in a circular economy.

 

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Double the recycling of plastic industrial waste

The aim of the PlastiCity project? Doubling the recycling of plastic industrial waste (from 20-30% to at least 50%) by developing processing strategies and solutions for the Ghent economy.

Here's how you can play an important role in recycling plastic industrial waste

Every company in Ghent can play an important role in recycling industrial waste. You can do this in 3 ways:

  • Waste streams: You are prepared to have samples of your plastic industrial waste collected.

  • Use of recyclate: You want to test to what extent you can switch to using recycled plastics (both in your own production and in the production of your plastic suppliers).

  • Connecting services: Your services can facilitate the transition from linear to circular plastics.

What are the benefits for your business?

Recycling plastic industrial waste has a number of benefits for your business:

  • Differentiation and image building: you can differentiate yourself in the market by using more recycled plastic and/or through better waste handling.

  • Future-proof: you prepare your company for the increasingly strict waste standards (e.g. to avoid fines) and market expectations (e.g. for public tenders).

  • Free of charge and without obligation: you are given a unique opportunity to make use of the expertise of the PlastiCity partnership, without any financial or administrative requirements.

  • Growth: PlastiCity enables you to plant seeds for the future growth of your services and products within the Ghent ecosystem of plastics.

What are our guarantees?

The PlastiCity project guarantees you:

  • guidance from the PlastiCity experts

  • full transparency of the test results

  • minimal impact on your operations

Convinced? Register now and let us know which important role you will play in the recycling of plastic industrial waste.  

 

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Report: Replicable strategy to produce solutions for the collection, sorting and reprocessing of commercial and industrial plastic waste in urban environments

This report outlines a strategy to produce solutions for the collection, sorting and reprocessing of commercial and industrial (C&I)1 plastic waste in urban environments. The strategy has been developed by the consortium of the Interreg 2 Seas project “PlastiCity” and will be applied in test studies in four European cities over the course of the project.

Guidance

The aim is to provide guidance for urban and regional policymakers and researchers to, first, understand the current situation regarding the production of C&I plastic waste in their regions. Second, guidance is given on how to engage with the regional actors of the plastic waste value
chain and learn about their attitudes. Based on this knowledge, we provide suggestions for
potential material testing and test collections of plastic waste, which will result in new logistics
scenarios and new circular value chains that could be created.

Circular network

The main objective overall is to
develop a circular network with local players throughout the plastic waste value chain that can form a so-called ‘plastic hub’, which will boost the local circular economy.

For more information about the PlastiCity project activities in your own region, please contact us! 

Read the Strategy report

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Webinar: what challenges and opportunities do participants experience

During the webinar, the various project partners of PlastiCity in Ghent zoomed in on their role in the project and the assets in the Ghent region: a local and European policy with attention to clean technology and the circular economy, Ghent University as a unique knowledge partner specializing in the recycling of plastics in the CAPTURE initiative, and cooperation with pioneering business partners. You can view the presentation of the webinar in its entirety.
We also gave all participants the opportunity to share their experiences.

 

Opportunities and threats

The companies want to commit to more plastic recycling out of their social and sustainable responsibility and to anticipate future legislative changes.
But it is a complicated story for which they do not always have the necessary infrastructure and there is still insufficient knowledge of the relevant technology.

Tips for more recycled plastics in business processes

From the design phase of products, pay attention to the use of recycled plastics and to recyclability
Develop new business models such as switching from a product (washing machine) to a service (laundry)
Bringing together all parties concerned with plastics,
Conducting feasibility studies.

 

Our objectives

- To unburden the plastic waste providers and develop business cases for a greater use of recycled plastics:
- We provide collection of your plastic waste and provide storage space in the PlastiCity HUB.
- CAPTURE has the expertise and technological know-how and analyzes your business waste in the mobile test lab.
- We organize workshops with Designers to get started with product design.
- Consultant Deloitte will act as matchmaker with you and the project partners and analyze the economic viability of business ideas and value chains.

Webinar report

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Plastics: kopzorg of kans?

Op donderdag 22 april organiseerde de Stad Gent de webinar "Plastics: kopzorg of kans?" om partners en bedrijven een inkijk te geven en sterker te betrekken bij het PlastiCity project.

Sofie Bracke, de Gentse schepen van Economie, Handel, Sport en Haven, duidde in haar welkomstwoord op het belang van het duurzaam omgaan met plastic bedrijfsafval en het sluiten van grondstoffen kringlopen. Via verschillende initiatieven, waaronder de Cleantech Cluster, CAPTURE en PlastiCity, wil Gent inzetten op de opportuniteiten die de circulaire economie bieden.

In de breakout rooms kwam een brede diversiteit aan spelers in de plastic waardeketen aan bod. Het gesprek behandelde de motivatie van de deelnemers om met gerecycleerde plastics aan de slag te gaan maar ook de barrières die daarbij ondervonden worden en de kansen die de deelnemers daarin zien.

Dit webinar was een eerste stap in een traject. De volgende stappen zijn de uitbouw van circulaire waardeketens, de ontwikkeling van een PlastiCity hub in het Gentse havengebied en een pilootproject voor de ophaling van plastic bedrijfsafval.

presentatie van webinar

Bekijk de presentatie van onze projectpartners: Capture, Intersolution voor Van Werven recycling plastics, GRCT bv, DPL Group en Metabolic.

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Comment mieux capter les flux de déchets plastiques sur un territoire?

Le 15 avril 2021, le consortium PlastiCity a organisé un webinaire pour familiariser les entreprises de la région élargie autour de Douai avec le projet et présenter des business cases de La Haye et de Gand. Le webinaire a été organisé par les partenaires de PlastiCity:

  • TEAM2 – le pôle national français de l’innovation pour le recyclage qui accélére le déploiement de l’économie circulaire en stimulant, par l’innovation dans le recyclage, la production et l’utilisation de nouvelles ressources
  • Theys Recyclage – entreprise active dans l’assainissement, l’environnement, la location de matériel et la collecte de déchets couvrant le Nord et le Pas-de-Calais
  • ARMINES – première structure de recherche partenariale en France adossée à des Ecoles d’ingénieurs de premier rang, en premier lieu les Ecoles des Mines.

Regardez l’enregistrement du webinaire ci-dessous.

Le programme comprenait une présentation Présentation de la “Feuille de Route pour le développement de l’économie circulaire en Hauts de France” par la Région Hauts-de-France.
Il s’agit d’accompagner une utilisation plus raisonnée des matières plastiques, une hiérarchisation des usages et in fine une meilleure maîtrise du cycle de vie de la matière. Cette ambition pourrait trouver des leviers d’actions par l’application des principes de l’économie circulaire et par un accompagnement des acteurs concernés vers de nouvelles pratiques d’usages et de consommation.

Après cela, le projet PlastiCity a été présenté et deux tables rondes ont été organisées avec des témoignages de différents acteurs de la région:

Table ronde n°1

  • ADEME – Aspects réglementaires et échéances à venir, Les REP
  • CITEO – extension de consignes de tri
  • VALORPLAT – expérimentation de la captation en déchetterie ; recyclage chimique et/ou écoconception ? le recyclage chimique va-t-il détrôner le recyclage mécanique ?
  • SYMEVAD – production de CSR au test de pyrogazeification ; déchetteries : capter les plastiques issus des encombrants?

Table ronde n°2

  • THEYS RECYCLAGE – présentation d’un futur centre de tri
  • GALLOO PLASTICS – focus sur les plastiques issus des VHU et des D3E
  • VAN WERVEN – focus sur les plastiques durs issus des déchetteries
  • ADEME – Dispositifs d’aide

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Creating new circular value chains in The Hague and Douai

In PlastiCity, partners are collaborating to create innovative and local circular business models within the plastic value chain. However, implementing successful circular business models requires creating an ecosystem and collaboration between a wide range of actors including waste owners, designers, recyclers, policy makers, NGOs, waste management companies, logistic companies, plastic makers, and universities.

plasticity ecosystem

For the actors to meet, collaborate and create new opportunities and partnerships, PlastiCity will create among other things a digital urban platform and physical recycling hubs. The urban platform is a collaborative platform where data and information are shared to facilitate the implementation of circular business models and knowledge exchange. The recycling hubs are physical spaces where actors will meet and start the value co-creation process to develop plastic upcycling opportunities.

To facilitate and create such community, an ecosystem coordinator is needed to manage the ecosystem, the spaces and help creating matches between actors. The coordinator facilitates the exchange of knowledge and resources between PlastiCity partners but also between actors of the plastic value chain. Therefore, he or she will look for what already exists within the city and what is needed. Hand in hand with a knowledge team composed of experts from the academic and public Institution and private companies, the coordinator will contribute to create matches between actors. By creating an ecosystem and by knowing who the actors of the ecosystem are and what can they bring in the development of new circular value chains will facilitate the implementation of successful circular business models.

plasticity ecosystem

The presentation below elaborates on the fase shield in The Hague as an example of a local circular plastic value chain.

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Plastics: waste or opportunity?

The recycling percentages of industrial plastics in the urban environment are still too low (20-30%). The PlastiCity project aims to increase this to more than 50%. Over the past year, we mapped the quantities of plastics in the region and identified business cases.

We need you for that!

PlastiCity cordially invites you to an interactive webinar to show what is already happening in the four regions, to connect the various stakeholders in the plastics chain and to exchange insights.

We do this together with other actors from the circular value chain: companies, waste processors, logistics companies, recyclers, designers, product makers, policy makers and NGOs.

Ultimately, we work towards concrete interventions and business cases, of which your company or organization can be a part. A unique opportunity to help unlock the value of plastics in a circular economy!

The workshop is free to attend and lasts two hours. On the programme is a general introduction to the project and a state of the art for the region. 

Join us and subscribe below for the workshop of your region.

> Subscribe to the webinar of The Hague (May 10, 15-17h)

> Subscribe to the webinar of Southend (May 20, 9:30-11:00h)

> Take a look at the report of the webinar of Douai (April 15, 14-15.30h)

> Take a look at the report of the webinar of Ghent (April 22, 15-17h)

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A plastic journey from The Hague to Ghent

For the time being, the PlastiCity Mobile Lab is still grounded in Ghent. As another result from the corona pandemic, it was not able to travel around the different partner cities. 

The PlastiCity consortium has already shown its flexibility and creativity to the challenges of the crisis before (read more about that in our previous blog posts). So this time was no different.

In February, The Hague shipped a container of plastics to DPL in Belgium. These plastics came from 15 companies who expressed interest in working together with the PlastiCity project for the recycling of their plastic waste streams. Most of the entrepreneurs were excited to learn more about the recycling possibilities and were very eager to participate in the project. The ‘Resource Bike’ (Grondstoffenfiets) visited each of these companies to collect their plastic business waste in a corona proof way.

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The plastics were received at DPL Group, a Belgian plastic recycler company and partner in the PlastiCity project. At DPL, researchers from Ghent University came to sort and take samples of the collected plastic materials to test them in terms of processability and recycling quality in the Mobile Lab.

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Plastic – too valuable to waste

The 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, the flagship European conference on local sustainable development, took place last week from 30 September till 2 October.

The conference addressed the socio-economic and socio-cultural challenges associated with accelerating the transformation to sustainability and climate neutrality. It took a decentralised and bottom-up perspective that begins by identifying cities and regions as key actors towards urban transformation processes. The conference also called for increased ambition of European and global frameworks for sustainability and climate change, with a particular focus this year on the European Green Deal.

Over 1,500 representatives from local and regional governments, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, members of the research community, private sector and civil society took part in the event. Amongst them also Kerstin Kleinhans, environmental engineer and PlastiCity researcher at the Laboratory for Circular Process Engineering (LCPE) at Ghent University.

Kerstin spoke at the Solution Session "Plastic, construction and bio-waste: too valuable to waste" hosted by BioVoices and PlastiCircle.  Cities around Europe are piloting and implementing solutions to become more circular. Plastic, construction and bio-waste are three of the waste streams that cities are seeking to reduce or reuse due to their environmental impact and socio-economic value.

The session explored the experiences of three cities that have got down to the job. What have they done? What did they learn? It centered around the questions:

  • What approaches are different cities taking to tackle plastic, construction and bio-waste?
  • Which levers do cities have to effectively close these materials loops?
  • Can material innovations make cities more circular?
  • How to turn challenges into opportunities?
  • Can their solutions be replicated elsewhere?

Also at the conference, ICLEI launched the European Circular Cities Declaration. This declaration is designed to help accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy in Europe,  thereby creating a resource-efficient, low-carbon and socially responsible society.

It aims to:

  • Allow local and regional governments across Europe to communicate their commitment to supporting the circular transition
  • Provide a shared vision of what a “circular city” is
  • Underline the critical role which local and regional governments need to play in making this transition happen
  • Establish a network of committed organisations to share their experiences, challenges and successes

The Declaration has been developed by a broad partnership of stakeholders to ensure that the vision and commitments contained are ambitious, yet achievable, and reflect the needs of all. The City of Ghent is one of the founding signatories.

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