Circular Economy in Cities: URBANREC final conference

From 06 November 2019 10:30 until 07 November 2019 12:00

Urban REC 3 ENG

Do you know that about 19 million tonnes of bulky waste are produced per year, 60% of it being landfilled? Although bulky waste is a challenging waste stream, we are far from a consistent approach at EU level to address this issue. Valuable products and materials are lost when they could be kept in the loop of product use and resource efficiency, in particular through reuse, repair and recycling.
After more than three years of hard work on identifying and testing solutions for bulky waste management, it is time for URBANREC partners to present their answers. Discover the outcomes of the project at URBANREC final conference on 6 November 2019 in Brussels.

In the morning, participants will take part in a policy dialogue hosted at the European Parliament. High-level political figures and representatives of the URBANREC Legal Working Group will discuss the opportunities and barriers focusing on policy & legal aspects related to plastics, textile and reuse, (addressing the clarification of scope and monitoring; the place of reuse and how to facilitate it; and the boosting of the recycling market for non-packaging plastics and non-clothing textiles. In the afternoon, participants will have te opportunity to dig deeper into the results of URBANREC and the future challenges for the circular economy. After a presentation on research and competitiveness for the circular economy in cities, project partners will show their key technical results and how these can contribute to a circular economy. A panel discussion involving ACR+ member URZAD/Warsaw will focus on perspectives for circular economy approaches for bulky waste in cities. During the whole afternoon session, a permanent exhibition area will set out stands with regional and technological demonstrators from URBANREC, and posters on selected H2020 projects.

On 7 November 2019, ACR+ will animate a working group session targeting specifically local and regional authorities, in order to share good practices and help improve their strategies regarding non-packaging plastics and non-clothing textiles. Two parallel sessions will take place to address how to develop and implement a step-by-step strategy about re-use and recycling of these two streams. Experience and good practices from the participants will be exchanged and roadmaps for implementation will be drafted..

Draft Agenda

06 November 2019 – The URBANREC final conference from 10:30 to 18:30.

07 November 2019 – Working Group on the circular economy in urban areas: the challenges of reuse and recycling of plastics and non-clothing textiles (for public authority representatives only)

 The draft agenda is available in pdf.

Seats are limited so we encourage to register as soon as possible. Registrations are open until the 15 October 2019.

Practical information

On 6 November 2019 from 10:30 to 13:15: European Parliament, Bât. Altiero Spinelli, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Bruxelles

On 6 November 2019 from 13:40 to 18:30: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Bruxelles

On 7 November 2019 from 10:00 to 12:00: Delegation of Catalonia to the EU, Rue de la Loi 227, Brussels


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