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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.

Coordinator

Fater S.p.A.
Net EU contribution
€ 4 524 323,16
Address
Via A. Volta 10
65129 Pescara
Italy

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Sud Abruzzo Pescara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 2 441 926,84

Participants (16)

LEGAMBIENTE ASSOCIAZIONE ONLUS
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 212 750,00
Address
Via Salaria 403
00199 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
NOVAMONT SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 2 931 695,97
Address
Via Fauser 8
28100 Novara

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Novara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 1 256 441,13
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

MATER-BIOPOLYMER SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 178 054,84
Address
Via Giacomo Fauser 8
28100 Novara

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Novara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 76 309,22
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

MATER-BIOTECH SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 607 140,75
Address
Via Fauser 8
28100 Novara No

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Novara
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 260 203,18
CONTARINA SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 297 150,00
Address
Via Vittorio Veneto 6
31027 Lovadina Di Spresiano Tv

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Nord-Est Veneto Treviso
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 127 350,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 298 550,00
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 380 500,00
Address
Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3d
50018 Zaragoza

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Noreste Aragón Zaragoza
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
EDIZIONI AMBIENTE SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 87 500,00
Address
Via Natale Battaglia 10
Milano

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 37 500,00
AEB EXPLOITATIE BV

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Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 306 504,57
Address
Australiehavenweg 21
1045 BA Amsterdam
Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 445 419,41
TERRACYCLE UK LTD
United Kingdom
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€ 186 144,00
Address
Wadsworth Road 5
UB67KD Perivale

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London Outer London — West and North West Ealing
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 79 776,00
PROCTER & GAMBLE INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS SA
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 203 000,00
Address
Route De Saint Georges 47
1213 Petit Lancy

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Genève
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 187 430,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

PROCTER & GAMBLE ITALIA SPA

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Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Viale Giorgio Ribotta 11
00144 Rome
Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
SAPONIA KEMIJSKA, PREHRAMBENA I FARMACEUTSKA INDUSTRIA D.D.
Croatia
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€ 19 490,09
Address
Matije Gupca 2
31000 Osijek

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Hrvatska Panonska Hrvatska Osječko-baranjska županija
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 8 352,89
FERTINAGRO BIOTECH SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 198 498,13
Address
Calle Berlin Poligono La Paz 185
44195 Teruel

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Noreste Aragón Teruel
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 85 070,62
BV RUBBERFABRIEK WITTENBURG
Netherlands
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€ 0,00
Address
Productieweg 12
3899 AK Zeewolde

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Oost-Nederland Flevoland Flevoland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 290 000,00
PREZERO NEDERLAND HOLDING BV

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Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 63 310,23
Address
Mr E N Van Kleffensstraat 10
6842 CV Arnhem
Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Arnhem/Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 31 308,97