Paper for recycling: ImpactPapeRec project reported first study visits

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ImpactPapeRec group on its first study visiting Madrid (Foto: ImpactPapeRec)

Paterna – Valencia, Spain — The European project ImpactPapeRec, launched in Valencia in February 2016, has reported first study visits. The objective of the project is to further increase the separate collection of paper for recycling (PfR) and promote appropriate schemes to avoid landfilling and incineration. The project, run by a consortium of 19 partners, will last over a period of two years and is financed by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme. It has evolved from a commitment on separate paper collection in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials “IMPACT – Introduction and Improvement of Separate Paper Collection to avoid landfilling and incineration“.

One key element of the IMPACTPapeRec project is the organisation of study visits to allow partners to get a taste of the current situation in the targeted countries. This series of study visit started with a study visit to Madrid in early March to learn about the paper collection scheme in Spain. The visit to Spain was very interesting for the start of the project as it represents a best practice for paper waste collection. It was also the perfect opportunity to get to know the collection system implemented at retailer and project partner Carrefour Spain.

The study visit commenced in a Carrefour city market in the heart of Madrid, where participants got introduced to the commercial paper and cardboard waste collection. They furthermore looked at the combination of door-to-door collection and bring banks for households and small shops. In the afternoon the visit continued with a visit to the Carpa sorting plant, where paper and cardboard coming from the household collection in bring bank system is sorted out into deinking grades in one stream and brown grades in another stream.

A second study visit took place in the month of April in Bulgaria where project partners spent two days in the municipalities of Dupnitsa and Mezdra. They had the opportunity to learn about the paper collection system for households and small businesses and to discover the existing treatment facilities. The one-day visits to both municipalities included a walk through the city centres, revealing the waste collection infrastructure. Project partners furthermore visited several small shops and businesses in order to get an understanding of how assimilated paper waste is being collected and managed. The local waste management facilities – including a landfill and an MBT plant – were also part of the agenda.

ImpactPapeRec turns this initiative into real activities to be carried out in the identification and implementation of best practices for PfR collection in Europe. ImpactPapeRec wants to act as the common European information point for PfR collection for the European industry, by pooling and disseminating information and bringing together stakeholders from the value chain to exchange results, findings and experiences. A best practice handbook will be developed to support the different EU regions in the implementation of best collection procedures.

Source: IMPACT c/o ITENE – Instituto tecnológico del embalaje, transport y logística Sustainability Area