RETRACKING

TO6

Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency.

The project in numbers
Duration:
34 months
Start date: 25.09.17
End date: 31.07.20
N. Partner: 5
 
Progress
Budget:
1.494.985,00€
Budget FERS:
1.270.737,25€

The project in numbers

Duration: 
34 months
Start / End: 
25.09.17 to 31.07.20
Project progress: 
100%
Budget: 
1494985.00€
Budget FERS: 
1270737.25€

RETRACKING

Towards the circular economy: traceability of manufactured products made from Fibre-Reinforced Composites (FRC)
Priority Axis 3

Protecting and promoting natural and cultural resources

Specific Objective: 
OS 3.3.
Investment Priority: 
PI 6f
Typology: 
Standard
Overall Objective of the Project: 

The development of a competitive management model compliant with the European regulations for the recycling of fibre-reinforced composite (FRC) waste, which allows for the recycling, analysis, production, identification and traceability of a “secondary raw material” and creates the conditions necessary to move away from a linear economy, and towards a circular economy. The project meets the specific objective of the 3.3 program, as it involves the development and testing of innovative waste management technologies.

Project summary: 

Half a century of FRC production has generated 80 million tonnes of products destined to reach the end of their service lives with no efficient recycling solutions. Since the early 1960s, fibreglass manufacturing has been a dominant factor in the field of mass production and has been used in various industrial sectors due to its low production costs. The problem of these products’ disposal at the end of their life cycles has now become a worldwide emergency, as there’s still no effective disposal system available.

From the linear economy to the circular economy

The aim of the project was to help create the conditions to move the area’s production sector from a linear economy to a circular economy, which contributed to the implementation of COM (2015) 614 "The missing link – the EU’s action plan for the circular economy”, proposing a circular economy model for the production of a “secondary raw material” from CFR waste (fiber-reinforced composites). .

Fibreglass recycling represents an opportunity to transform an environmental problem into jobs and new economic resources:

- cultural growth throughout the entire program area in terms of reuse, reduction and recovery of waste, for which there is already an awareness of the opportunities arising from the “green economy” that can generate both environmental and economic benefits;

- enormous potential for the development of innovative products;

- environmental benefit due to the reduction in the amount of material sent to landfills and the identification of fraudulent scrapping;

- economic benefits resulting from the use of low-cost raw materials made from recycled waste material;

- employment benefits with the creation of new jobs.

The mixed Italian-Slovenian partnership offered the possibility to test the functionality of the circular economic model in a cross-border context in order to be able to re-propose it in other European areas with problems similar to that of the program.

Main results: 

The project has developed (1) a technological infrastructure which, through the marking of the product label by inserting an RFID tag, allows the traceability of FRC products and (2) a web cloud platform for the management and monitoring of information relating to the various phases of recycling and transformation.

Thanks to the implementation of a pilot project, the functionality of a new circular economy model has been verified to ensure effective management of the recovery, treatment of FRC waste and its transformation into "secondary raw material" to be used for the manufacture of new products that are 100% recyclable. The technologies developed in the project make it possible to monitor new products made from recycled material and enable reverse logistics. This new model was designed to be replicable throughout Europe.

The project disseminated the new circular economy model to companies in the waste recovery and treatment sector and to producers of composite materials located in the program area. At the workshops, seminars and conferences the consortium highlighted the benefits of enabling the use of "secondary raw materials". The dissemination of the model has also affected civil society in general, which has been made aware of the issues of proper waste management and the importance of their enhancement.

Partner

Lead Partner

Polo Tecnologico di Pordenone SCpA

Pordenone
ITA

Project partner 1

Gees Recycling srl

Pordenone
ITA

Project partner 2

Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije

Osrednjeslovenska
SLO

Project partner 3

Infordata Sistemi Srl

Trieste
ITA

Project partner 4

Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije

Osrednjeslovenska
SLO

Documents

Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018
RETRACKING_ITA_2.pdf
( 534 bytes, published on 26 July, 2018 - 11:17 )
BrochureBrochure
Brošura - Brochure - Opuscolo - SLO - IT.pdf
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Retracking project newsletter no. 1Retracking project newsletter no. 1
Retracking-e-News-No-1_IT.pdf
( 540 bytes, published on 9 January, 2020 - 14:37 )
Retracking project newsletter no. 2Retracking project newsletter no. 2
Retracking e-News No 2_February 2019_IT.pdf
( 472 bytes, published on 9 January, 2020 - 14:37 )
Retracking project newsletter no. 3Retracking project newsletter no. 3
Retracking_e-News_No_3_April_2019_IT.pdf
( 384 bytes, published on 9 January, 2020 - 14:37 )
Retracking project newsletter no. 4-5Retracking project newsletter no. 4-5
Retracking e-News No 4-5_June 2019_IT.pdf
( 387 bytes, published on 13 January, 2020 - 14:11 )
Retracking project newsletter no. 6 - 7Retracking project newsletter no. 6 - 7
Retracking_6-7-ita_0.pdf
( 330 bytes, published on 13 January, 2020 - 14:11 )
Retracking project newsletter no. 8Retracking project newsletter no. 8
Retracking_8-ita.pdf
( 382 bytes, published on 4 March, 2020 - 14:34 )
Retracking project newsletter no. 9Retracking project newsletter no. 9
Retracking e-News No 9_Dicembre 2019_IT.pdf
( 420 bytes, published on 13 January, 2020 - 14:11 )
Retracking project newsletter no. 10Retracking project newsletter no. 10
Retracking e-News No 10_Febbraio 2020_IT.pdf
( 647 bytes, published on 4 March, 2020 - 14:34 )
The Waste Catalogue of the Programme AreaThe Waste Catalogue of the Programme Area
Katalog odpadkov GFRP.pdf
( 2 bytes, published on 13 January, 2020 - 14:11 )
RETRACKING ARTICLE: New applications for recycled fibre-reinforced composites in the building sector RETRACKING ARTICLE: New applications for recycled fibre-reinforced composites in the building sector
GEES Retracking article_ANG.pdf
( 589 bytes, published on 3 March, 2020 - 10:12 )
RETRACKING ARTICLE: Development of methodologies for the application and reading of RFID chips in glass fiber reinforced polymerRETRACKING ARTICLE: Development of methodologies for the application and reading of RFID chips in glass fiber reinforced polymer
Retracking Tehnični članek_infordata_ANG.pdf
( 445 bytes, published on 3 March, 2020 - 10:12 )

Objectives and Activities

MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The RETRACKING project will develop a competitive model for the proper management of waste generated from products made of glass-fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The model will support the recycling of this material flow by analyzing it from production onwards. Improved visibility and traceability of the material flow will create the conditions for the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

 

CURRENT STATUS OF THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (31/07/2020)

The Retracking project has been completed. In the last period, the last online seminar was organized on 29 July 2020 for students and staff from the academic world, to whom the results of the project were prsented. We are particularly satisfied with the consolidated cooperation between Slovenian companies and Gees Recycling as a direct consequence of the networking on our events, and the result is the realization of the circular economy model developed in the project. The recycling and conversion of composites waste and the integration of RFID chips for waste monitoring is being carried out successfully.

Contacts

Polo Tecnologico di Pordenone SCpA

0039 0434504411
Via Roveredo 20/b, 33170 Pordenone, Italia
Massimiliano Bertetti

Gees Recycling srl

0039 0434654183
Via I° Maggio 8, 33070 Budoia, Italia
Mioni Franco

Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije

00386 (0) 12804251
Dimičeva ulica 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Alenka Mauko Pranjic

Infordata Sistemi Srl

0039 040367189
Strada per Vienna 55/1, 34151 Trieste, Italia
Marko Petelin

Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije

00386 (0) 15898196
Dimičeva 13, 1504 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Antonija Božič Cerar