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Establishing a Multi-purpose Biorefinery for the Recycling of the organic content of AHP waste in a Circular Economy Domain

Objective

A sizeable category in terms of organic content within MSW is represented by Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHPs; e.g. nappies, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene items, wipes, etc.) waste, which is currently considered as non-recyclable fraction of MSW and finds its way to landfills or incineration, leading to important environmental concerns. Indeed, each year 8,500,000 tons of such waste are incinerated or landfilled in Europe (the equivalent of almost 30 landfills every year), and over 30,000,000 tons in the world. AHP are mainly composed of a mix of natural fibres (cellulose) and polymers (PP/PE and superabsorbent polymer), valuable materials that currently don’t find a proper valorization. Within EMBRACED project, a first-of-its-kind multi-purpose integrated biorefinery will be established in order to valorize in a relevant environment scenario the cellulosic fractions obtained from AHP waste towards the production of bio-products of significant commercial interest, and – concurrently – high added-value co-products, such polyolefinic plastics and SAP (superabsorbent polymers).
This innovative biorefinery model will involve all the main actors of the whole value chain, from AHP consumers and local population to waste management and logistic companies, leading AHP producers and bioprocess developers, as well as final products developers. In a view of circular economy, all the fractions obtained from the processed AHP waste will be reused through valorization into final products, and in particular the high-quality cellulosic fraction of AHP (ca. 1,275,000 ton/y in Europe), which has significant advantages vs. traditional 2nd generation lignocellulosic feedstocks in terms of homogeneity and downstream bioprocessing costs, will be converted and valorized in two parallel value chains, leading to the production of biobased building blocks, polymers and fertilizers.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016
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Funding Scheme

BBI-IA-DEMO - Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration

Coordinator

Fater S.p.A.
Address
Via A. Volta 10
65129 Pescara
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 5 816 105,50

Participants (13)

LEGAMBIENTE ASSOCIAZIONE ONLUS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 212 750
Address
Via Salaria 403
00199 Roma
Activity type
Other
NOVAMONT SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 672 125
Address
Via Fauser 8
28100 Novara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONTARINA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 225 050
Address
Via Vittorio Veneto 6
31027 Lovadina Di Spresiano Tv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 298 550
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 380 500
Address
Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3D
50018 Zaragoza
Activity type
Research Organisations
EDIZIONI AMBIENTE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 87 500
Address
Via Natale Battaglia 10
Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AEB EXPLOITATIE BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 306 504,57
Address
Australiehavenweg 21
1045 BA Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TERRACYCLE UK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 186 144
Address
Wadsworth Road 5
UB67KD Perivale
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PROCTER & GAMBLE INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 203 000
Address
Route De Saint Georges 47
1213 Petit Lancy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAPONIA KEMIJSKA, PREHRAMBENA I FARMACEUTSKA INDUSTRIA D.D.
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 44 187,50
Address
Matije Gupca 2
31000 Osijek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FERTINAGRO BIOTECH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 198 498,13
Address
Calle Berlin Poligono La Paz 185
44195 Teruel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BV RUBBERFABRIEK WITTENBURG
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Productieweg 12
3899 AK Zeewolde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SUEZ NEDERLAND HOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 064 296,43
Address
Mr E N Van Kleffensstraat 10
Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)