Office furniture recovery in Québec: constraints and prospects for improvement from a circular perspective

Description

The project will assess the system to recover and reclaim office furniture in Québec by evaluating initiatives, identifying stakeholders and creating an inventory of furniture types and their characteristics.

The obstacles and levers to the development of an office furniture recovery sector will also be identified.

National and international monitoring of the end-of-life management of office furniture and related business models will also be carried out.

Themes

  • Furniture industry
  • Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA)
  • Recovery
  • Sector characterization
  • SME
  • State of the art

Affiliated research axes

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization

Collaborators

Nicolas Pearson

INOVEM

Amel Hadj-Bouazza

INOVEM

Amount granted

$15,000
New approaches in contracts and environmental regulations to implement a circular supply chain in spring street sweeping

Description

Every year, northern countries purchase and spread mineral abrasives (sand and crushed stone) on their road networks as part of their winter maintenance operations. The 31,000 km overseen by the Ministère des Transports du Québec require an average of 1 million tonnes of abrasives annually. In the spring, a portion of the abrasives is collected during road sweeping operations. Subject to strict environmental regulations, most of the material that is recovered is landfilled. Considering the negative financial and environmental impacts of landfilling, the technical feasibility of conditioning recovered abrasives for reuse in winter maintenance operations was demonstrated at the local level by screening the residual material. Part of the collected material (sweepings) could therefore be reused as abrasives through the implementation of a circular economy strategy that would curb landfilling and the consumption of non-renewable virgin mineral resources.

The project aims to review the flow maps of the circular chain based on the regulatory approach of a recovery centre in the construction, renovation and demolition sector and propose new and equitable contractual approaches for the circular chain.

Themes

  • Circular city
  • Circular region
  • Governance
  • Innovation
  • Local circularity policies
  • Recovery
  • Residual materials
  • Urban experimentation
  • Waste management

Affiliated research axes

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization

Axis 4: Policy levers

Collaborators

Karine Bouchard

Biopterre

Florence Blouin

UQTR

Bechir Ben Daya

UQTR

Amount granted

$15,000
Towards a geospatial digital twin for the circular economy: recovering organic materials

Description

The overarching objective of the project is to establish an interdisciplinary collaboration to lay the groundwork for the design and development of a geospatial digital twin to support the recovery chain for organic materials at the provincial scale (Québec). More specifically, the proposed platform will focus on the analysis and definition of environmental, social and economic indicators for residual organic material recovery in Québec. The research aims to:

  1. Develop a prototype of the proposed platform for a specific scenario in the Québec area.
  2. Establish innovative scientific and methodological bases to extend the proposed system to the province of Québec.
  3. Draft a funding request for a structuring project in the context of the organic matter recovery chain based on the principles of circular economy.

The project will be carried out as part of a close collaboration between researchers and stakeholders based on a co-construction approach.

Themes

  • Digital twin
  • Environmental indicators
  • Organic materials
  • Recovery

Affiliated research axes

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

Collaborators

Céline Vaneeckhaute

Université Laval

Darvish Maryam

Université Laval

Philippe Barla

Université Laval

May Abidi

Université Laval

Amount granted

$15,000
Circular recovery of methanization digestates through microalgae production and the rearing of edible decomposer insect larvae

Description

The project aims to develop a new way to recover liquid digestates from methanization by producing microalgae as a solution to reduce the cost of the feeding regime used to rear black soldier fly larvae, as well as the cost to dispose of the waters.  

The proposed approach is to have a microalgae culture use the liquid digestates from methanization and then set out a feeding regime of microalgae and solid digestates.

What separates this proposal from others is the fact that it interweaves a circular innovation project in an emerging circular economy loop. The innovation lies in the development of a less costly feeding regime to rear black soldier fly larvae whose main component is the production of microalgae from liquid digestate from methanization (a waste).

This new approach to liquid digestate management and the production of edible and decomposer insects fits seamlessly into the circular economies of several cities and regions across Québec and around the world.

Themes

  • Biomethanization
  • Black soldier fly larvae
  • Digestates
  • Innovation
  • Insect
  • Microalgae
  • Recovery

Affiliated research axes

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization

Collaborators

Kokou Adjallé

INRS Centre eau

Céline Vaneeckhaute

Université Laval

Marc-André Déry

Innofibre

Frédéric Marier

Nutrimago

Karméla Beaudouin

Nutrimago

Amount granted

$15,000
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec