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Underground waste transportation system for residual waste, paper and food waste

The high-tech waste sorting and transportation system in Hammarby Sjöstad eco-city in Sweden reduces the need for waste trucks to enter the city while increasing the efficiency of waste separating. An innovative vacuum suction system transports waste fractions to the city perimeter via a series of underground tunnels. 

Returpack ‘Reverse Vending Machine’ incentivises aluminium and plastic recycling

To simplify and incentivise aluminium and plastics recycling in Hungary, recycling company Returpack devised a ‘Reverse Vending Machine’. The standalone machine, which is placed in public places, offers incentive vouchers to citizens in return for their cans and bottles. 

SEPARATE: Quality products from waste through efficient waste separation

The SEPARATE Waste System integrates innovative technologies that enable the highly efficient separation of waste, overcoming a significant barrier to increasing bio-waste recycling. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), separately collected bio-waste and mono-streams can all be efficiently separated into a non-organic rest fraction and a very clean organic fraction, from which a number of high-quality products can be obtained.

Waste water management in TSMC, Taiwan

Making good use of water resource is of paramount importance for any industry. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world leading wafer foundry, began to work on waste water recycling in 1995, and has developed a brand new waste water recycling system.  The rate of recycled waste water can now reach nearly 90%, which is an unmatched level. 

Marketable sludge derivatives from sustainable processing of wastewater

END-O-SLUDG has provided a holistic approach for sludge treatment and recovery. The project has developed:

Market uptake of an automated technology for reusing old bricks

The eco-innovation of the project REBRICK demonstrates a new way for the management and reuse of demolition waste, saving energy and resources. With the new vibration-based technology it is now possible to clean bricks without using chemicals or water, improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.

CAPWA - CAPture WAter – A new source of water

The CAPWA project has developed a novel water capture technology capable of extracting water molecules from water containing gas streams emitted from fossil fuel power plants or papermaking plants.

Developing sustainable production methods and tools to optimise resource consumption in the European food production and processing sector

RESFOOD is a European Union funded project to develop innovative technologies for food cultivation and processing in Europe. The project has achieved promising results and developed new technologies for a resource efficient and safe food chain which will be pilot tested in the food growing and processing industry in Europe. 

Advanced sorting techniques for construction and demolition waste

The combination of near infrared detector, electromagnetic sensor and visible colour camera techniques allows to sort construction and demolition (C&D) waste with a level of purity that enables their recycling into high grade products.

Restorative greenhouse solution converting saltwater into fresh water through evaporation

Farming in arid regions has so far been troublesome due to lack of fresh water. With a new design of greenhouses which incorporates desalination of saltwater through evaporation, a sustainable solution for growing crops in hot and dry climates is provided.

A wood plastic composite with up to 95% recycled materials

Construction waste presents a high potential for recovery but few solutions are available today. Addressing this challenge, a finish company relied on its innovative conical extrusion process to develop a multilayer extrusion profile made of Wood Plastic Composite (WPC). This WPC can contain up to 95% recycled materials including Construction & Demolition waste. 

Creation of useful products from waste textile materials in collaboration with corporations and textile designers

Worn Again is a textile upcycling start-up, which works with corporations to develop innovative ways for recycling textile waste and creating new valuable products from the recycled material.

TyGRE

In recent years, the quantity of Solid Waste collecting has increased significantly in the EU and other industrialized countries. The problem of managing waste strongly affects not only the environment protection but also resource savings. The storing of waste tyres represents a problem within the waste management strategy of the European Community: the world production amounts to 7 million tons (according to the European Tyre Recycling Association, Report 2008), of which 3 million are generated in Europe which corresponds to 2% of the total solid waste production. Even today the final destination of nearly 23% of such an amount is the landfill, with the consequent loss of high added value materials and the adverse environmental impact.

RECYTUBE

Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) are cutting-edge materials with the ability to create a conductive net in nonconductive materials like plastics. Its incorporation to plastics has been thoroughly studied as a way to obtain light materials with electric conductive properties, like electrostatic charge dissipation or electromagnetic interference shielding.

SLAG-REC

The SLAG-REC project aims to develop an innovative device for recovering electric arc furnace (EAF) slag, a waste generated by Steel Shops, transforming this by-product in a valuable material for road construction and other applications.

CYPROBELL

The CYPROBELL project aims to promote the use of an innovative decentralized recycling plant for recovering grey water in Cyprus. The so-developed technology constitutes a good water and wastewater treatment achievement for increasing the availability of potable water in countries affected by water scarcity, without requiring large infrastructures like storage facilities or desalinating plants.

SATURN

The SATURN project (Sensor-sorting Automated Technology for Advanced recovery of non-ferrous metals) puts forward an innovative and automatic sensing process that enables the purification of non-ferrous metals, which have been extracted from municipal solid waste. Moreover, the on-line sensing and sorting device is able to differentiate between various metals and alloys.

CAPS

The technology that has been developed within the CAPS project (funded under CIP programme, a grant funding programme) should allow the paper industry to value its waste, particularly in the field of paper mill sludge disposal and recovering. The increasing demand for a more sustainable absorbent and for an appropriate treatment of papermill sludge within papermills, has led the project’s partners to develop an innovative physical separating process in order to convert the paper mill sludge into an efficient absorbent material.  

FORWAST

Managing with accuracy the natural resources and the related waste produced by human activity is a huge issue. The uncertainties related to the environmental stakes of waste policies are mainly due to the lack of relevant information concerning
resource monitoring, i.e. the various material flows of resources and waste.