Recycling materials

Eligible recycling projects avoid incineration of waste or complex, uncommon recovery/recycling processes by offering improved, multifunctional recycling processes.

Example types of eligible recycling processes are:

  • improved mechanical sorting, enabling better recycling rates
  • new mechanical recycling processes, enabling recovery of otherwise wasted raw materials
  • biogenic recycling using microorganisms, enabling the transformation of organic waste to usable materials
  • chemical recycling processes, where all exhaust gasses are controlled and filtered

To be eligible, a project must:

  1. enable the emission avoidance/removal, meaning most emission reductions occur thanks to a process owned or managed by the project developer.
  2. produce evidence of emissions avoidance/removal  with an LCAaccording to the General LCA Methodology.
  3. enable material “loops” by collecting and valorizing waste or co-products, thus reducing raw material extraction needs
  4. improve either waste collection or treatment efficiency, compared to the baseline scenario
The comparative LCA for this sector

Usage and end of life are not accounted for since the project and baseline scenarios produce the same materials, which will have the same usage and end of life.

Verification sources for this project type may include:

  • Input tonnage of waste
  • Transport distance for waste collection
  • Output tonnage (valorized materials)
  • Quality characteristics of the recycled materials