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PlastiCircle Preps Pilot Initiative in Romania

17 September 2018

The PlastiCircle consortium took a step closer to its circular economy innovations last week, with a technical visit to the Romanian town of Alba Iulia – home to the third and final pilot for Plasticircle innovations in plastic collection, transport, sorting and recycling.

On 12-13 September 2018, the PlastiCircle team visited Alba Iulia, with a series of briefings and study visits to assess conditions on the ground for the local pilot project beginning in the spring of 2020.

Following briefings by the departmental environmental protection agency and the municipality of Alba Iulia, the team embarked on a series of visits around the area: to the local Goldis neighbourhood, and to Alba Iulia district’s integrated waste management plant outside the town.

The Goldis neighbourhood, through which the Strada Vasile Goldis runs towards the central citadel area of the town, will be the location of piloting for waste collection and transport methods designed by PlastiCircle experts in collaboration with local authorities.

Innovations such as smart container technology for plastic waste and optimised transport routes for collection trucks will be rolled out – probably in from March 2020 for a period of five to six months.

The consortium also visited the newly built integrated waste management plant near Alba Iulia. This recently completed infrastructure is ready to host plastic waste sorting activities as soon as local authorities select a company to take over operations. At present, a number of candidate companies are in the running for the contract to begin operations in 2019.

Following the technical visit, Valentin Voinica of Alba Iulia municipality said: “We are expecting to improve a lot in Alba Iulia, in terms of recycling plastic, and also in terms of obtaining new goods from the waste which is currently land filled.”

Aside from introducing innovations in plastic waste collection and transport, the PlastiCircle approach also involves improving plastic sorting using innovative optical technologies and even developi9ng new added-value, recycled plastic products.

With pilot projects in Valencia in Spain, Utrecht in the Netherlands and Alba Iulia, Romania (and with ‘follower city’ Velenje in Slovenia), the PlastiCircle project has a truly European dynamic.

The technical visit to Alba Iulia follows similar visits to Valencia and Utrecht, ahead of the pilot initiatives that will take place there in spring 2019 and autumn 2019 respectively.

Destination Alba Iulia For PlastiCircle’s Final Technical Visit

5 September 2018

Next week’s visit by the PlastiCircle consortium to the Romanian town of Alba Iulia is the last visit by the project team in a series of technical excursions.

On 12-13 September 2018, the PlastiCircle team will be in the Romanian town of Alba Iulia to consolidate preparations for the project’s crucial pilot phase.

As with previous technical visits – to Utrecht in the Netherlands and Valencia in Spain – the consortium will hold intensive discussions to lay the ground work for the project pilots later in the project calendar.

In Alba Iulia, the partners will visit the Polaris plastic sorting plant for a closer look at the specificities of working in Romania come crunch time in 2019.

The consortium will also, as with Utrecht and Valencia, visit the district in which pilot waste collection – and the waste transport arrangements – will take place.

Project co-ordinator César Aliaga said: “With the final technical visit to Alba Iulia, we’ll have an even clearer picture of what is needed for the remainder of the PlastiCircle calendar”.

Mr Aliaga added: “For effective collection, transport, sorting and recycling in this project, we need to take a closer look at Alba Iulia’s infrastructure, the municipality’s capabilities and its needs for the pilot phase. We’re ready to get to work!”

Further updates on the technical visit to Alba Iulia will appear on the PlastiCircle website at www.plasticircle.eu and on Twitter via @circ_economy.

Successful Valencia Visit Points To Crucial Work Ahead

25 July 2018

Last week’s visit by the PlastiCircle consortium to the Spanish city of Valencia was another key chapter in the PlastiCircle story. With two technical visits down and one to go, preparations for PlastiCircle’s crucial pilot phases are well under way.

On 17-18 July 2018, the PlastiCircle team conducted a successful technical visit to Valencia, Spain – to the Picassent sorting plant (outside the city), and to the San Marcelino neighbourhood, home of the upcoming PlastiCircle pilot phase in Valencia.

Hosted by project partners Las Naves, the technical visit was a real opportunity to lay the groundwork for the pilot in San Marcelino, where local authorities will pilot PlastiCircle’s innovative solutions in waste collection and transport.

“San Marcelino is a working neighbourhood with diverse demographics, so in that respect it is the perfect place for the pilot phase to take place,” confirmed project co-ordinator César Aliaga.

Located in the south-west of Valencia, San Marcelino is home to just under 10,000 inhabitants spread over 33 km2​, with the first inhabitants having settled as early as 1954. The district has been used for municipal pilot projects before, owing to a favourable demographic and population structure for trial initiatives.

During their visit to the district, the PlastiCircle consortium toured municipal waste collection infrastructure (both permanent and mobile), and fielded questions from local media who were keen to understand both the interest of an international consortium in this corner of Valencia, and the connection between the Valencia pilot and those in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Alba Iulia, Romania.

For the PlastiCircle project, the technical visit – whether to Utrecht, Valencia or Alba Iulia – is a crucial component of forward planning for the pilot phases. Even at this relatively early stage of the multi-year project, PlastiCircle innovations must be properly explored by the consortium; innovations including “smart” containers, the cloud-platform-connected waste transport system, optical sorting technologies, or even the incentive schemes which will be introduced so that citizens can fully engage in plastic waste collection in their local neighbourhoods.

“Seeing how the existing waste management infrastructure works in this pilot neighborhood is crucial if we are to be able to implement the PlastiCircle approach and improve the quantity and quality of recyclables,” said Axion’s Richard McKinlay.

In an interview with local media, Jan Bloemheuvel of the city of Utrecht said: “It’s good to make the people and citizens of your city aware that plastic needs to be separated; that it needs to be collected in a good way so we can re-use it and avoid using more resources to make new plastic.”

Mr Bloemheuvel added: “It’s also important for people to know what to recycle – what kind of plastic to put in one bin, and what type of plastic we need to put in another bin. People need to be informed about how to do it.”

This Valencia visit was the second of three technical visits undertaken by the PlastiCircle consortium. Following the work in Utrecht and Valencia, the partners will now turn their attention to the technical visit to Romanian pilot city Alba Iulia on 12-13 September 2018.

Further updates will be available on this website and on Twitter via @circ_economy.

PlastiCircle To Visit Key Project Sites In Valencia Visit

9 July 2018

The PlastiCircle project consortium will visit key sites in the Spanish city of Valencia next week, during a highly anticipated technical visit on 17-18 July 2018.

Hosted by local project partners Las Naves and SAV, and notably joined by Valencia-based project co-ordinators ITENE, the PlastiCircle partners are set to put in place vital planning for the forthcoming pilot project in Valencia – one of three pilot projects featured in the innovative PlastiCircle Horizon 2020 project.

Following the June visit to Utrecht in the Netherlands, the PlastiCircle team will now visit a plastic waste sorting plant run by SAV, in addition to an all-important visit to the San Marcelino neighbourhood. This district will be the location of the Valencia pilot project, so early intelligence gathering and an appraisal of on-the-ground conditions will be key for the future success of this phase of the PlastiCircle project.

Additional work onsite will include presentations by project partners SAV, ITENE, PICVISA, Axion, SINTEF, KIMbcn and ICLEI Europe, who will also be holding bilateral meetings with Las Naves to discuss future communications efforts in Valencia (including citizen engagement).

This Valencia visit is the second of three technical visits undertaken by the PlastiCircle consortium. Following the work in Utrecht and Valencia, partners will then turn their attention to a technical visit to Romanian pilot city Alba Iulia in September.

Further updates will be available on this website and on Twitter via @circ_economy.