Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency.

The project in numbers
34 months
Start date: 25.09.17
End date: 31.07.20
N. Partner: 5
Budget FERS:

The project in numbers

34 months
Start / End: 
25.09.17 to 31.07.20
Project progress: 
Budget FERS: 


Towards the circular economy: traceability of manufactured products made from Fibre-Reinforced Composites (FRC)
Priority Axis 3

Protecting and promoting natural and cultural resources

Specific Objective: 
OS 3.3.
Investment Priority: 
PI 6f
Overall Objective of the Project: 

The development of a competitive management model compliant with the European regulations for the recycling of fibre-reinforced composite (FRC) waste, which allows for the recycling, analysis, production, identification and traceability of a “secondary raw material” and creates the conditions necessary to move away from a linear economy, and towards a circular economy. The project meets the specific objective of the 3.3 program, as it involves the development and testing of innovative waste management technologies.

Project summary: 

Half a century of FRC production has generated 80 million tonnes of products destined to reach the end of their service lives with no efficient recycling solutions. Since the early 1960s, fibreglass manufacturing has been a dominant factor in the field of mass production and has been used in various industrial sectors due to its low production costs. The problem of these products’ disposal at the end of their life cycles has now become a worldwide emergency, as there’s still no effective disposal system available.

From the linear economy to the circular economy

The aim of the project is to help create the conditions for moving the area’s production sector away from a linear economy and towards a circular economy by contributing to the implementation of COM (2015) 614 "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy", and by proposing a circular economy model for the production of a “secondary raw material” made from FRC (fibre-reinforced composites) waste.

Fibreglass recycling represents an opportunity to transform an environmental problem into jobs and new economic resources:

- cultural growth throughout the entire program area in terms of reuse, reduction and recovery of waste, for which there is already an awareness of the opportunities arising from the “green economy” that can generate both environmental and economic benefits;

- enormous potential for the development of innovative products;

- environmental benefit due to the reduction in the amount of material sent to landfills and the identification of fraudulent scrapping;

- economic benefits resulting from the use of low-cost raw materials made from recycled waste material;

- employment benefits with the creation of new jobs.

The value of having a mixed Italian-Slovenian partnership lies in the possibility of testing the system’s functionality within the cross-border area, in order to be able to propose it in other European areas with problems like those of the program area

Main results: 

To ensure the effective management of the recovery and processing of the FRC waste materials, and their transformation into "secondary raw material" to be used for manufacturing new products that are 100% recyclable.

The project aims to help disseminate and raise awareness of RFM technology and the advantages associated with the adoption of this technology for the use of "secondary raw materials", for companies operating in the waste recovery and treatment sector, and for producers of composite materials established located within the program area. Access to waste classification information by competent authorities, producers, and consumers, by the ability to track the new products generated by the recycling process, and through the combined use of apps, RFID chips, and QR codes to provide the production chain with information regarding the material’s classification and origins. One example is the legal and regulatory framework for waste collection, management and traceability systems, which has a significant impact in a cross-border context where different rules and procedures are applied. From this standpoint it is extremely important to develop measures that are highly integrated with the rules and regulations currently in use. The project entails the design of a technological infrastructure that allows for the marking of the product panel with the insertion of an RFID tag, the traceability of the products in FRC, and a cloud platform for managing the information regarding the various recycling and transformation phases. The joint development of a process for recovering the waste materials and production scraps, and for controlling and monitoring the new products, will be carried out within the context of a pilot project in order to verify the functionality of the identified method and its replicability throughout Europe. The project will therefore result in a prototype technological infrastructure for carrying out the RFID marking of the FRC products and a database for monitoring and managing information.


Lead Partner

Polo Tecnologico di Pordenone SCpA


Project partner 1

Gees Recycling srl


Project partner 2

Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije


Project partner 3

Infordata Sistemi Srl


Project partner 4

Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije



Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018
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RETRACKING ARTICLE: New applications for recycled fibre-reinforced composites in the building sector RETRACKING ARTICLE: New applications for recycled fibre-reinforced composites in the building sector
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RETRACKING ARTICLE: Development of methodologies for the application and reading of RFID chips in glass fiber reinforced polymerRETRACKING ARTICLE: Development of methodologies for the application and reading of RFID chips in glass fiber reinforced polymer
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Objectives and Activities


The RETRACKING project will develop a competitive model for the proper management of waste generated from products made of glass-fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The model will support the recycling of this material flow by analyzing it from production onwards. Improved visibility and traceability of the material flow will create the conditions for the transition from a linear to a circular economy.



The Retracking project is proceeding as planned and is nearing its completion. In the last period, we organized the last workshop on October 24, 2019 in Nova Gorica, the Final Conference on November 29, 2019 in Ljubljana, two student seminars, and prepared a series of materials (technical articles, business model). We are especially pleased with the established cooperation between Slovenian companies and Gees Recycling, with which we put the circular economy into practice, as a direct consequence of networking at our events. The recycling and conversion of waste composites and the integration of RFID chips for waste tracking have been successfully implemented.


Polo Tecnologico di Pordenone SCpA

0039 0434504411
Via Roveredo 20/b, 33170 Pordenone, Italia
Massimiliano Bertetti

Gees Recycling srl

0039 0434654183
Via I° Maggio 8, 33070 Budoia, Italia
Mioni Franco

Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije

00386 (0) 12804251
Dimičeva ulica 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Alenka Mauko Pranjic

Infordata Sistemi Srl

0039 040367189
Strada per Vienna 55/1, 34151 Trieste, Italia
Marko Petelin

Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije

00386 (0) 15898196
Dimičeva 13, 1504 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Antonija Božič Cerar