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Resourcing Plastics from the City

Priority Axis

Resource Efficient Economy

Specific objective

Circular Economy

Lead partner

Stad Gent

Begindatum

01/01/2019

Einddatum

30/09/2022

Project budget

9 450 154

ERDF amount

5 501 451

ERDF rate

58%

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    Common challenge

    The 2S region is one of the most proliferative regions in the EU when it comes to generating plastic waste, but overall, plastic recycling rates are incredibly low (20-30%). Within the urban environment – often including cities near water bodies – a lot of plastic waste is available that would, in terms of quality, technically be eligible for recycling but is not effectively validated. These so-called ‘lost plastics’ can form a prominent role in the circular economy, providing actors and stakeholders with an economic opportunity to benefit by stepping away from traditional plastic disposal methods. These economic opportunities are not fully known/understood, collection logistics not fully developed, sorting facilities not well equipped or stakeholders not fully engaged. These are all barriers to realize the full potential of plastic in the circular economy and need to be overcome if the 2S region is to play a key role in delivering the EU strategy for plastics in the Circular Economy.

    Main Achievements

    The PlastiCity project started in January 2019 and has been running now for one year. An efficient management structure was set-up, partners had the chance to get a better insight in the each others' role and expertise to achieve a fruitful collaboration. A scheme of regular meetings (physical as well as videocalls) has been organised at project as well as at work package level. The main drawback is that for many of the partner (the consortium counts 13 different partners in total) it took some time to hire personnel to work on the project. This has led to certain small delays in the tasks and activities and in spending the budget. Moreover, for different project partners, it is the first time they participate in an Interreg project and for some it is even the first time they collaborate with partners in the triple helix. Hence, it took time and effort to initiate all partners in the rules and procedures. 

    In this first project year, no outputs or specific objectives needed to be finalised. However, in each of the work packages, good progress is made.

    In WP1, the first mapping of actors is conducted for the four regions (cross border collaboration) and the necessary preparation has been done to conduct a behavioural survey in the four regions.

    In WP2, different brainstorm regarding innovative logistics have been conducted and this input will be used to develop a plan in the coming months; next, first characterisation of films was done in a collaboration between academic and industrial partners.

    For WP3, discussion amongst the involved cities were conducted to better define what the urban platforms need to involve.

    For WP4, both PP02 and PP11 have put a lot of effort in selecting, tendering and buying the material for the mobile unit that will later on in the project be used in all four regions.

    Within WP5 (investments), tasks and activities were performed on partner level, but always in consultation with the project consortium. Moreover, the idea is grown to develop a cross-border learning network among the WP5 partners to better exchange learnings and knowledge gained.

    In WP6, all necessary management tools and procedures are in place for an efficient management on project level, including financial management.

    For WP7 (communication), all necessary tools and templates are prepared and used by the partners. Moreover, many partners put effort in communicating about the project and its objectives to get the project known by many relevant stakeholders.

    Partnership

    Partners

    Universiteit Gent

    University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation

    Southend on Sea Borough Council

    Gemeente Den Haag

    Van Werven België bvba

    Team2

    Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels

    Metabolic B.V.

    D.P.L. Group Plastic Recycling

    GRCT

    Theys Recyclage

    WeLOOP