In Spain, significant attention is being focussed on waste management and recovery by public administrations and citizens with the collaboration the private sector and Extended Product Responsibility Systems (EPRS).
Industry has the potential to make more use of secondary raw materials in production processes. However, this is not happening because of two main obstacles:
- The inadequacy of the recycled material, which prevents its introduction into the production processes.
- Greater price competitiveness of virgin raw materials compared to recycled material.
To help overcome these obstacles, Institut Cerdà is leading a multi-client project that aims to identify the demands of the main industrial sectors regarding secondary raw materials, and rethink waste treatment and collection systems based on the needs of the industries that are potential consumers of recycled resources. This re-think highlights, for example, the need for certain selective collections or the greater use of mechanical separation technology in treatment facilities and results in insights regarding:
- Decisions on the most suitable collection systems.
- The role of new emerging technologies, such as chemical recycling or gasification.