The coastal areas of England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands are generating a huge amount of plastic waste. A lot of plastic waste is not effectively recycled or validated. These ‘lost plastics’ can form a prominent role in the circular economy. There are substantial benefits to win by stepping away from traditional plastic disposal methods.
PlastiCity will develop innovative sustainable logistics, linked to local lumping solutions at plastic reuse and refinery hubs. And we will provide stakeholders with useful data.
The objective of the PlastiCity project is to develop replicable strategies and solutions that are able to increase recycling rates in urban environments from 20-30% to over 50% by unlocking the use of ‘lost plastics’ as secondary resources from the urban environment. Additional objectives are:
- Develop technical strategies for (reverse) logistics and reprocessing
- Inducing behavioral change and creating capacity of stakeholders such as local governments and companies through urban platforms
- Demonstrate this in 4 case study cities in the 2Seas area (Ghent (BE), Den Haag (NL), Southend On Sea (UK) and Douai (FR))
- Creating new value chains and designing new products, amongst others by unlocking the full potential of ‘medium’ size actors (SME’s, offices, retail, schools, etc.)
- Deploy a mobile unit for testing, demonstration and sensitisation
- Create business activity and employment in the circular economy (100-400 jobs)