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IMT Lille Douai and ARMINES partners of Interreg PlastiCity's project

PlastiCity – Resourcing Plastics from the City 
Key information
  • Budget : € 9.45 Million
  • Duration: 45 months (January 2019 – September 2022)

Overall objective 

The objective of the PlastiCity project is to develop replicable strategies and solutions that are able to increase recycling rates in urban environments from 20-30% to over 50% by unlocking the use of ‘lost plastics’ as secondary resources from the urban environment. Additional objectives are:

  • Develop technical strategies for (reverse) logistics and reprocessing
  • Inducing behavioral change and creating capacity of stakeholders such as local governments and companies through urban platforms
  • Demonstrate this in 4 case study cities in the 2Seas area (Ghent (BE), Den Haag (NL), Southend On Sea (UK) and Douai (FR)
  • Creating new value chains and designing new products, amongst others by unlocking the full potential of ‘medium’ size actors (SME’s, offices, retail, schools, etc.)
  • Deploy a mobile unit for testing, demonstration and sensitisation
  • Create business activity and employment in the circular economy (100-400 jobs)

Main Outputs

The main project output is a strategy to create PlastiCity hubs to significantly increase the recycling rates lost plastics in urban environments in the 2Seas region. Such a hub is defined as a local network of relevant partners and physical infrastructure, supported by a digital environment/Urban Platform

We also deliver:

  • A methodology to deliver tailored solutions for logistics and lumping waste streams with optimized balance between quantity and quality of plastic collection and reprocessing
  • A replicable model to create capacity for plastics in the circular economy through urban platforms (with digital data management) and new business models
  • Demonstration and implementation of the Plasticity approach in 4 case study areas with the development of 4 new value chains with business cases, the design of 4 new products and first investments to actually start up (parts) of the hub
  • A mobile unit that is used for testing, demonstration and sensitisation in the 4 case study areas

Lead partner 

  • Stad Gent 

Project partners 

  • Universiteit Gent
  • Southend on Sea Borough Council
  • Van Werven België bvba
  • Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels (ARMINES)
  • D.P.L. Group Plastic Recycling
  • Theys Recyclage
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Gemeente Den Haag
  • Team2
  • Metabolic B.V.
  • GRCT
  • WeLOOP

Contact persons

Scientific contact : Mrs Marie-France LACAMPE

AFC contact : Mr Philippe Perceval