On December 2015 the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Package – Closing the Loop that sets objectives and targets in order to improve waste management, stimulate innovation in recycling, limit the use of landfilling, and create incentives to change consumer behavior. The ambitious program includes regulation proposals on waste matter, to foster the transition of Europe towards a circular economy that would increase global competitiveness, promote sustainable economic growth and create new jobs.

The Circular economy offers an opportunity to reinvent our economy, making it more sustainable and competitive. This will bring benefits for European businesses, industries, and citizens alike. With this new plan to make Europe’s economy cleaner and more competitive, the Commission is delivering ambitious measures to cut resource use, reduce waste and boost recycling.

If we re-manufacture, reuse and recycle, and if one industry’s waste becomes another’s raw material, we can move to the circular economy where waste is eliminated and resources are used in an efficient and sustainable way.

The Circular Economy allows to pursue a development model able to establish a new relationship between production and consumption, a real change in the integration of environmental and economic policies, based on life cycle of products and focused on the recovery of each and precious raw materials.

Facing these challanges, the LIFE M3P (Material Match Making Platform) project aims to develop a system of industrial waste valorization, based on characterization and classification of  wasteproperties, using an on-line Material Match Making Platform specially developed, implementing pilot cases and new product concepts.