What is PlastiCity about?
The coastal areas of England, France, Belgium (Flanders) and the Netherlands are generating a huge amount of plastic waste. However, overall plastic recycling rates remain low.
Within the urban environment a lot of plastic waste is not effectively recycled or validated. These are called ‘lost plastics’, but they can form a prominent role in the circular economy. There are substantial economic and environmental benefits to win by stepping away from traditional plastic disposal methods. Yet, due to a lack of knowledge, collection logistics and sorting facilities, we still face barriers to reap those benefits.
PlastiCity focuses on finding new technical options and urban collaboration models. We will develop innovative sustainable logistics, linked to local lumping solutions at plastic reuse and refinery hubs. And we will provide stakeholders with useful data in a systematic way on urban platforms.
PlastiCity is the first project in the 2Seas area that is designed specifically to support the implementation of the EU Plastics strategy in the Circular Economy.
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PlastiCity follows a quadruple helix co-creation process involving industry, government, research and citizens. Our partners bring together a diverse range of urban and academic skills, expertise and approaches. They are active in different national and local systems. This enables us to identify best practices and to develop a replicable model relevant to other urban environments in the 2Seas region.