Project scope

The project Life relates to the implementation of a processing system of processing scraps and obsolescence of bitumen-polymer membranes and insulation based mineral glass fiber for their recovery and re-entry in the respective production processes of the same products of origin, in order to obtain a reduction of the environmental impact.

Life involves the construction of a recycling system consisting of two centers for the collection, storage, treatment and re-use of scraps production scraps, non-compliant stock, obsolescences of bitumen-polymer membranes and scraps of glass fibers. These exploitable materials, undergone a preparation for reuse, will be placed back in the cycles of production of the assets that generated them. They are classified as non-hazardous scraps and disposal can only occur through the transfer at authorized sites.

The project aims to achieve the following objectives: recovery of scraps is no longer landfilled; reduction of the ground occupied by landfill; reduction of energy consumption and raw materials related to construction and operation of plants landfill or incineration; decrease in consumption of energy and resources associated with the production of raw materials; the reduction of air pollution produced by scraps disposal and processing of raw materials in production processes, as well as climate-altering gases produced by power plants that bring into the mains electricity needed in the above processes.

The main result expected from the project Life is the demonstration of technical feasibility, economic and environmental impact of a recycling system able to significantly decrease the amount of scraps of bitumen-polymer membranes and glass fiber currently landfilled.

In Vidalengo di Caravaggio (BG) and Chieti Scalo (CH) will be designed and then installed the two pilot plants for the recovery respectively of glass wool and bitumen-polymer membranes. Recovery facilities will be set up in areas pertaining to production establishments. The recovery on site will represent an added value of the project from an environmental point of view, as it allows the reduction of vehicular traffic of the different materials involved (scraps, raw materials, etc.) and the consequent atmospheric emissions of pollutants and noise.

The project provides that the glass wool arising from the production process of Saint-Gobain Isover is fed back into the production cycle. Broader and more complex instead the recovery of the membranes, as it also provides for the withdrawal of finished products at select retailers.

In addition to numerous environmental benefits in the long term, the quantitative results expected by the start of recovery from the two pilot plants are:

  • the treatment of about 130,000 sq. m / year of waste-based membranes from internal scrap production, obsolescences and manufacturing of glass fiber coupled with bitumen of the establishment of Vidalengo di Caravaggio (BG);
  • the treatment of about 1,000 tons / year of internal scrap and / or non-compliant products made from mineral insulating the plant in Vidalengo Caravaggio (BG);
  • the production of about 400 tons / year of loose material based on polymers bitumen to be used in the production of membranes.