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Boosting the implementation of participatory strategies on separate paper collection for efficient recycling

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IMPACTPapeRec (Boosting the implementation of participatory strategies on separate paper collection for efficient recycling)

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2017-03-31

IMPACTPapeRec aims to put Europe at the forefront of PfR (Paper for Recycling) collection, ensuring raw material procurement from mainly European sources through an innovative approach based on the participation of the whole paper value chain including citizens and municipalities, which is also open to other sectors. Therefore, the main objective is (a) to provide an innovative and common knowledge platform, which will enable present and future cooperation between all the stakeholders in the PfR value chain.

A second objective is (b) the analysis on best practices in PfR collection and assessment of procedures, considering specific local conditions. They will encourage reliable decisions and make solutions available to decision-makers ensuring the procurement and supply of PfR in Europe through the improvement of municipal paper collection.

The importance for the society is justified because of the analysis of the whole value chain of PfR and the development of best practices will result in better use of resources and raw materials as well as creating new business opportunities related to circular economy.

Medium-long term results expected are: (a) Increases in PfR collection (up to75%), (b) 1.57 Mt/year, (c) Raw material savings of €385 million.
During this first reporting period, an analysis of the current management systems for PfR has been developed considering the clusters of Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, France and the UK (WP2-3). This has served as the basis for the detection of the problems, challenges and negative effects (WP2-3-4) which resulted in a generation of good and best practices (WP2) for implementation (WP3) as well as an innovation atmosphere created aimed at the generation new ideas for business development (WP4). This is in connection with the objective (a) described above

Additionally an analysis of best-performing terriories was also made, as well as a continuous exchange with the members of the External Support Committee. The outcomes from the Clusters of municipalities, External Support Committee and the best-performing territories were merged to initiate discussion through Best Practice Working Groups (BPWG) which resulted in a list of best and good practices, key performance indicators (WP2) and exchange with the Clusters to generate models for PfR, systems of incentives, policy measure and standardization (WP3). The BPWG act also as Innovation Node Working Groups (INWG) whose work to find ideas for improving the separate collection of paper and board is carried out in several (WP4). Different dissemination and communication actions were carried out including conference organisation, participation in workshops, trade fairs, social media activities with a broad range of audience (industry, research, citizens, policy makers, etc.) (WP5).

To sum up, the main outcomes from this first reporting period are:

a) Implementation of an External Support Committee with 15 members from all parts of PfR value chain (WP1).
b) A review of the current situation about PfR in Clusters of Municipalities: France, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and the UK (WP3).
c) An analysis of best performing territories to extract potential good practices (WP2)
d) Discussion about best and good practices to enhance quantity and quality of PfR ready through four Best Practice Working Groups (BPWG) (WP2): (1) Operational aspects; (2) Policy, legislation and economic aspects; (3) Monitoring & control (4) Information & communication.
e) Put in practice of a methodology for IMPACTPapeRec best practices & working instructions + problem analysis which affects collection of PfR (WP4-3-2).
f) Generation of innovative atmosphere for PfR-related business development through Innovation Node Working Groups that matches the current BPWG (WP4).
g) A list of 6 Key Performance indicators about PfR, all of them quantitative except the social one (WP2):
Operational
 Paper & cardboard collection rate (%)
 Impurities: non-paper components (%)
 Service to citizen (volume or mas/inhabitant/year)
Economic
 Cost coverage (%)
Social
 Citizens and stakeholder satisfaction (qualitative scale)
Environmental
 Paper and board recycling rate (%)
h) A total of 34 best and good practices to enhance the quantity and quality of paper (WP2) aimed at the preparation of the web-based Best Practice Handbook (WP2). The best and good practices are currently under classification procedure in a selection tree, and are also accompanied by an implementation factsheet (WP2).
i) 26 dissemination and communication actions (conferences, workshops, social media activities, etc.) aimed at a broad range of audience with more than 17000 people reached (WP5)
Better informed decision-making at EU and national level as well as by industry: Through the continuous exchange between members of the consortium and members of the External Support Committee in order to get a series of Good Practices for the Handbook. Exchange and sharing of information at events like Conferences and Informative meetings have been put in practice.

Increased EU raw material knowledge and transparency of EU raw material information: The project has analysed the situation in cluster territories and in best-performing territories in order to allow to have the best criteria for the potential implementation of best practices to enhance the quantity and quality of PfR, based on Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).

Boosting the raw material sector and the improvement of the availability of raw materials: With the work carried out during this first reporting period, municipalities have increased their knowledge about current situation on PfR collection based on a set of quantitative Key Performance Indicators.

Adding greater value to the economy and creating new jobs: In the course of the first reporting period, clusters of municipalities were able to estimate the amount uncollected/unmanaged of PfR which can be recycled, offering new business/employment opportunities in each territory.

Easier information exchange: several information exchange bodies have been created like the Best Practice Working Groups (and the equivalent Innovation Node Working Groups) and the External Support Committee. The information exchange has been accompanied by a set of dissemination actions in which third parties external to the project have been also involved, like the Conferences, Informative Meetings and the participation in workshops or social media activities.

Contribution to the implementation of the EIP on raw materials: the project has focused on those Countries of below the average recycling of paper. Therefore, IMPACTPapeRec aims at the use of knowledge and innovation as a source to enhance both the quantity and quality of paper for recycling (PfR), avoiding mixing with other materials and the end of valuable materials in incineration or in landfills. Having the necessary quantitative date, is possible to estimate the savings and potential business generation from these valuable materials.

Impact on environment and society: the implementation of circular economy approaches like those used in IMPACTPapeRec will for sure reduce impacts as well as to boost the employment and entrepreneurship around the use of PfR at local/regional level.
Visit to the Hamburger Recycling Paper Mill at Dunaújváros (Hungary)