GGR for a Circular Economy

Nowadays, almost half of the generated waste ends in landfills. The linear system of our economy (extraction, manufacturing, use and disposal) has reached its limits. The exhaustion of various natural resources and fossil fuel is clearer as times goes by. This exhaustion requires a new society model that uses and optimizes the stock of materials, energy and waste in a more efficient way: in a circular way.

For this reason, GGR has become a key player in the Circular Economy (reusing of waste), since it allows to obtain waste fractions that can be recovered and reused.

Under the conditions of shortage and fluctuation of raw materials costs, the Circular Economy contributes to the security of supply and to the restructuring of land industry. The waste of some people become the resources for others. The product must be designed to be deconstructed.

“Circular economy turns waste into raw material, which is the model of a new future system”

This is also the view of the European Union

This is also the view of the European Union, whose overall approach for the efficiency of resources distances from the linear economy and focuses on a Circular Economy where waste of used products enter again in the production circle as secondary raw materials.

The use of waste as the main reliable source of raw material is essential for the EU and a key element in the economic strategy of the “Europe 2020” program.

For GGR, waste is not disposable or dirty, since we understand that waste is only a stage in the product’s life cycle.

Agents of the new Circular Economy

We are agents of this new Circular Economy and we contribute to position our clients, both public and private organizations, in this Circular Economy. Nevertheless, this implies tough decisions since, paradoxically, we are changing the waste management model because we have an aim of “zero waste”. In order to turn this aim into a sustainable one in the long-term, it must have economic benefits.

Aware of this new scenario, GGR faces in 2016 an important investment for the technological remodeling of its management waste facility in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. This has been approved and entirely financed by the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, becoming the first dry waste facility in Catalonia.

In GGR we consider that the most efficient way to follow a Circular Economy is by the implementation of the “Dry-Wet” management model. Moreover, the countries of the EU that apply this model are the ones who present the best disposal reduction and efficiency ratios.

Our Clients in the Circular Economy

In GGR we know the needs of our clients. The decades of experience in waste management allow us to adapt to their needs by providing the best solution.

We like to feel as part of our clients and contribute to make waste only a stage in the product’s life cycle.

Waste Metabolism

The efficiency of a dry waste facility is determined by its absorption capacity, which is similar to the human health, determined by the intestinal absorption capacity.

In GGR we interpret the process of a efficient dry waste facility as a metaphor of the digestive and metabolic process of the human organism.

The human nutrition includes some processes through which our organism incorporates, transforms and uses nutrients from food in order to stay alive and do all the physiological functions.

It can be said that our organism lives on carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and other essential elements. During the digestion, it turns carbohydrates, fats and proteins into components that can be absorbed such as glucose, fatty acids and amino acids. The absorption implies the pass of these final products of digestion into our organism. The metabolism is a set of chemical reactions that involves our absorbed nutrients and allows cells to keep living.

Similarly, a dry waste facility must incorporate a set of processes through which it incorporates, transforms and uses “nutrients” from “food” (waste for others) in order to keep the economic system alive. The digestion of a facility transforms incoming dirty waste into components that can be absorbed, such as paper, plastic or metal.

An efficient absorption capacity implies a larger and better recovery of these final products from digestion. Metabolism is the set of actions that recover absorbed “nutrients” that allow the economic system to keep living, as the Circular Economy does.