• Performance indicators
  • Recovery
  • Recycling
  • Territory
Amount granted


Wastewater treatment plants are traditionally built to protect human health and natural ecosystems. The principle is based on a linear chain of physical, chemical and biological processes to remove pollutants and contaminants from water, in accordance with regulations. This principle is not conducive to the circular economy concept. Yet these materials are potentially resources that can be exploited according to local and cultural conditions. By developing a dynamic indicator of circularity while complying with environmental regulations on treated water discharges, the project aims to provide decision-makers and managers with a dynamic tool for improving the implementation of circular economy concepts in the design and management of produced and recovered materials.

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

1.1 – Establish a reference framework for the circular economy

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

2.2 – Develop indicators to measure circularity
2.3 – Establish and maintain local, national and international circularity inventories

Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization

3.1 – Map the knowledge and potential of product circularization

Axis 4: Policy levers

4.2 – Foster effective circular economy governance


  • Robert Hausler

  • Frédéric Monette

  • Aurore Benadiba

    Full Professor
  • Audrey Tanguy

    Ph.D., MSc Assistant Professor
  • Laurent Bazinet

    Ph.D., Agricultural Engineer Full Professor
  • Martine Vézina

    Adjunct Professor
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec