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>>>Circular Future: PolyCE project official campaign landing page<<<

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Authors:

Gergana Dimitrova, Researcher and Project Manager Fraunhofer Institute for for Reliability and Microintegration IZM

Anton Berwald, Researcher and Project Manager Fraunhofer Institute for for Reliability and Microintegration IZM

Prof. Margaret Bates, Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management University of Northampton — UK

Roberta Bernasconi , EMEA Sustainability Sr Manager Whirlpool…

European Commission-funded project with UN support urges consumers to favour products containing plastics recycled from electronic waste; Philips and Whirlpool among first firms offering support by designing products to use more recycled plastic, ease plastic reuse at product end-of-life; Most consumers see no difference in quality, appearance, performance

PolyCE Project…

Authors: Kim Ragaert (Universiteit Gent)​, Arthur Schwesig (MGG Polymers Austria GmbH), Joost Duflou (KU Leuven), Margaret Bates (University of Northampton), Alberto de Andres Sanchez (Fundacion Tecnalia Research and Innovation), Stephane Arditi (European Environmental Bureau), Gergana Dimitrova (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.), …

First PolyCE Academy

The PolyCE Academy events aim to reach university students from industrial design, chemistry, mechanical and environmental engineering programs, presenting concepts of circularity and sustainability. In total, four PolyCE Academies are planned, involving different universities.

The first PolyCE Academy took place on 5 April 2019 at Ghent University. During this event, collaborators from Ghent University, Fraunhofer IZM, Ecodom, and KU Leuven presented different topics addressing the circular economy concept, treatment of electrical-electronic equipment waste (WEEE), recycling operations of WEEE, design guidelines for circular economy, collection methodologies for WEEE materials, plastics recycling policy, industrial examples, and advanced processing operations in plastics recycling.

Over 60 students attended the first PolyCE Academy, providing an excellent opportunity in disseminating the circularity concept and preliminary results of the PolyCE Project. The next PolyCE Academy is planned to be held at Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) in 2020.

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