Closing the materials loops is one of the priorities of the European Union’s Circular Economy Action Plan, not only to lower the environmental impact but also to secure a supply that is stable in price and quantity in order to make the European economy more resilient to fluctuations in the raw materials market.
Valuable materials still continue to end up in landfill. Innovative technical solutions combined with the appropriate policy instruments are still needed to close the loops. However, recycling waste is only viable if there is a real market for products manufactured with a smaller environmental footprint using secondary materials and if, from an integral approach, synergies between different value chains and private-public partnership are strengthened.
This parallel session will focus on secondary materials and leave the extremely important recovery of components and products to other sessions. It will analyse case studies of integral solutions to close the materials loop. It will consider the challenges of complex materials and scraps recycling, generally plastic-metal waste flows. It will also show the reality of the manufacturing of products using secondary material envisaged in the new EC Plastics Strategy.
Block moderator: Ander Elgorriaga
Joint meeting of all delegates.
Block moderator: Hipólito Bilbao, Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente, Basque Government
Block moderator: Joseba Gonzalez Artaza, Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente, Basque Government