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Launch of the PLASTRON Project in Genoa: A Cross-Border Initiative for the marin Plastic & Paper Recycling

The PLASTRON project is about to start. With the goal of improving the sustainability of local communities by providing knowledge and tools for collecting and transforming plastic from the coast, in marinas, and at sea, The PLASTRON project,  funded by the Italy-France Maritime Operational Programme 2021-2027, promises  to find local solutions to transform plastic recovered from the seas and celluloid waste into everyday objects, through recycling, using 3D printing.  The project will take three-year to fulfil its missions, 7 partners are joining forces: Confservizi Cispel Toscana (leader), the Municipality of Stintino, the University of Genoa, the City of Île Rousse, the Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation (MEDSEA), the University of the Côte d'Azur, and the Regional Resource Recovery Agency (ARRR). 

The launch event will take place in the capital of Liguria on Wednesday, April 17, at the Salone Nobile of Villa Cambiaso - Genova, where, starting at 9:15 AM after participant registration, institutional greetings will be given by Pietro Giribone – Director of the Department of Mechanical, Energy, Management and Transport Engineering, University of Genoa, Luca Banfi - Director of the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Genoa, Iacopo Avegno, General Director of the Presidency of the Liguria Region, and Nicola Perini, President of Confservizi Cispel Toscana. At 10:00 AM, the project presentation will be conducted by Alessia Scappini – Revet, Confservizi Cispel Toscana while from 10:20 AM a round table discussion, moderated by Andrea Sbandati, Director of Confservizi Cispel Toscana with presentations from the PLASTRON Project partners.  

At 11:20 AM, an introduction to the keynote lecture by the Deputy Rector for Research Laura Gaggero, University of Genoa and at 11:30 AM the keynote lecture: Waves of Sustainability by Flavio Tonelli, Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical, Energy, Management and Transport Engineering. The day will continue with the approval of the main documents of the Project by the Steering Committee. 

Thanks to PLASTRON, study activities will take place in the territories of Tuscany, Liguria, Sardinia, Corsica, and the French Riviera, to understand how to transform plastic recovered from the seas and celluloid waste into everyday objects, through recycling, using 3D printing. In the most interesting sites, environmental clean-up and workshops will be held to inform citizens, public bodies, and businesses about reusing waste materials through joint protocols to improve management and integration with the waste cycle in order to propose a sustainable economic model. Schools will also be involved in the project with open days to bring the issue of pollution control to the attention of young people, citizens, and operators who are daily protagonists in waste management and environmental protection." 

Pics "Genova" by Paolo Trabattoni e Domenico Farone on Pixabay

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