The term Circular Economy describes an economic system that aims to achieve the highest possible resource efficiency. A further core principle is the recovery of the raw materials contained in a product at the end of its useful life and making them available again for the economic cycle - this is generally referred to as recycling.
While recycling for certain types of materials, such as paper, glass or metal, has a long tradition, especially in Germany, viable recycling concepts for other materials such as plastic packaging or multi-layer beverage containers have not been established. The main reasons for this are of technical as well as economic and regulatory origin.
u&i has many years of experience in the planning and construction of sorting and recycling facilities.
Specific examples for plant types include:
- Process Water/Waste-water Treatment
- Soil Processing/Construction & Demolition Waste Processing
- Sorting Plants for Household Waste, Light Weight Packaging
- Composting Plants, Mechanical-biological Waste Treatment Plants (MBT)
- Plastics Recycling Plants
- Facilities for Biomass Conversion/Biorefineries
- Digestate Treatment/Nutrient Recovery (phosphorus)
- Urban Farming
- Integrated Waste Management
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