This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme via the grant with project no. 690103.
European Contribution (86%) €8.618.970,39
42 months (2016-2019)
Eighty per cent of Europeans currently live in urban areas that generate a great amount of waste and consume a lot of resources. It is essential that cities and towns get involved in order to reach the environmental sustainability goals on a global level.
Waste management has become an environmental challenge for local European authorities, especially as regards waste for which there are currently no profitable valorisation methods, such as bulky waste (furniture, mattresses, bed frames, upholstered items, gardening equipment).
Out of the 19 million tons of bulky waste collected every year in Europe, more than 60% ends up in landfills. The main causes of this situation are the difficulties in finding end-uses for the waste treated, the high management costs, logistics problems and a lack of specific legislation.
In order to find solutions to this environmental challenge, a European project has been launched known as URBANREC - New approaches for the valorisation of urban bulky waste into high added-value recycled products.
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