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RESYNTEX Regional Workshop on Waste Mapping in Maribor

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On Wednesday 30 November 2016, RESYNTEX took further strides towards making a circular economy concept for textiles and chemicals a viable European reality. The project partners from Prospex Institute, Institute for Environment Protection and Sensors (IOS), University of Maribor and Manchester Metropolitan University hosted an event which brought together key stakeholders throughout the local and regional textile collection, waste, recycling and environment fields. The Focus Group workshop took place at the headquarters of the Institute for Environment Protection and Sensors in Maribor.

Stakeholders from organisations such as the Municipal Office, apparel retailers, charities, private and public waste collectors, but also designers, environmental NGOs and the Chamber of Commerce were all encouraged to speak freely in discussions tackling critical points in the development of a new circular economy model for textiles. To establish a clear picture of the textile waste situation in Maribor, participants worked to identify where the main sources occurred, from car repairs and hospitals to households, schools and cleaning services.

Continuing the waste mapping exercise, stakeholders then categorised the various ways in which waste could be dealt with locally, from landfill and incineration to storage and various recycling routes. For those quantities entering into landfill and other end markets of negligible value, the RESYNTEX process offers a new solution to not only revalue and reprocess but divert from the waste stream.

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RESYNTEX partners from the University of Maribor’s Mechanical Engineering faculty outlined the technical process of converting waste textiles into secondary raw materials for the chemical and textile industries. Stakeholders then discussed the necessary conditions and considerations that would need to be addressed to put this process into place as part of the regional circular economy. At the end of the day participants were updated on how to stay in touch and follow the process of the RESYNTEX project, and what the next steps will be in revaluing locally produced waste textiles.

The RESYNTEX Focus Group in Maribor is part of a series of four workshops, the next editions being held in Annecy (France) and Prato (Italy). 

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eu funding

RESYNTEX received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 641942.